EGYPT MARKS 115TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL MUSEUM IN CAIRO

CAIRO, Egypt, Egypt celebrated the 115th anniversary of the establishment of the Egyptian Museum, located in downtown Cairo.

Held at the museum, in Tahrir Square, the celebration was attended by Antiquities Minister, Khaled al-Anany, ex-minister and former candidate for UNESCO presidency, Moushira Khattab, as well as, several other ministers, governors, officials, archaeologists and foreign ambassadors.

Over the past couple of years, the Ministry of Antiquities has been moving a lot of its unique artefacts, to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), near the Pyramids Plateau in Giza, whose soft opening is scheduled for 2018, and is expected to be the top and largest in the Middle East region.

“The Egyptian Museum will never die and will remain able to impress visitors, even after the GEM opening, as it will be renewed and will host a lot of antiquities, to be displayed for the first time,” said the antiquities minister in his statement, during the ceremony.

Anany noted that, three new antiquities will be added to the Egyptian Museum’s halls every Thursday, and some will be from the museum’s storage basement and others from the retrieved stolen artefacts.

Egypt has witnessed several big archaeological discoveries this year, including Pharaonic tombs, statues, coffins and mummies, in addition to remains of a Roman-style Hellenistic gymnasium, remains of a funerary garden, a pyramid’s burial chamber and a three-millennia-old statue, believed to be of ancient King Ramses II.

“A huge archaeological discovery is scheduled to be announced in western Luxor next Dec 9, in addition to the opening of the mortuary of the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, after its restoration and development,” the antiquities minister revealed.

The Egyptian Museum was built during the reign of Khedive Abbas Helmi II in 1897, and was opened for visitors in mid-Nov, 1902.

It consists of two floors. The ground floor is specified for featuring heavy monuments, such as large statues, coffins, wall inscriptions and others, while the upper floor showcases drawings, small statues, ancient daily life activities and tools, in addition to the complete set of ancient King Tutankhamun’s artefacts.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK