About ARCE





Founded in 1948, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) is a private, nonprofit organization composed of educational and cultural institutions, professional scholars, and private individuals 
and whose membership is open to the public. ARCE's mission is to support research on all aspects of Egyptian history and culture, foster a broader knowledge about Egypt among the general public, and strengthen American-Egyptian cultural ties.  Membership in ARCE helps the organization (and its chapters) carry out its tasks and provides an introduction to learning more about ancient, medieval and modern Egypt.

ARCE provides 
a permanent archaeological and research base in Cairo for American scholars specializing in ancient, medieval, and modern Egyptian studies.  The scope of programs and activities conducted or supported by ARCE includes an extensive program of research fellowships, archaeological excavations and surveys, and special historical and literary studies.  Under its Egyptian Antiquities Project, funded by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development, ARCE supports a large program of conservation work and studies, including an archaeological field school. ARCE holds an annual conference in the United States. Check the ARCE website for the dates and location of the next conference. 

Membership in ARCE brings the satisfaction of being a part of the continuing discovery and conservation of Egypt.  ARCE is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions to the organization are tax-deductible according to IRS guidelines.

The American Research Center in Egypt‘s national and local chapters are active in supporting scholarship, training, and conservation efforts in Egypt. Among ARCE’s many great achievements is the relationship with the Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities within the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, without whom our work would not be possible. ARCE is viewed as making important contributions that serve to help Egypt directly in its pursuit of cultural heritage preservation.


The ARCE Chapter in Washington, DC sponsors about eight free lectures to ARCE-DC members and one paid workshop/seminar a year, plus occasional social events. We sponsor occasional museum tours featuring exhibitions on Egypt.  We maintain close contact with the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau, which occasionally provides a speaking venue for our lecturers. Our lectures are usually held at 505 East Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA. 

Our chapter has approximately 100 members and the average attendance at lectures is approximately 40 people.  Our chapter can also be referred to as Shemsu, which in Ancient Egyptian means “the followers.”