CAIRO: Visitors to the Egyptian Museum will be granted free admission Monday Nov. 16 to mark the museum’s 113th anniversary, the Antiquities Ministry announced Friday.
The move comes as part of special ceremony featuring a number of artistic and musical performances scheduled to be held at the museum’s garden Monday at 9:00 a.m., said the statement.
Previous directors and officials who worked at the Museum will be honored during the celebration which will be attended by Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al Damaty, public figures and international archaeologists, said the statement, a number of tour guides will voluntarily explain to the visitors at this day.
Khedive Ismail laid the foundation stone of the museum in 1897 before it was opened to public in 1902. It contains the world’s most extensive collection of artifacts dating from the prehistoric through the Roman periods, with the majority of the collection focused on the Pharaonic era.
It houses approximately 160,000 objects covering 5,000 years of Egypt’s history.
The museum’s masterpieces, including the treasures of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, are being transported and will be displayed at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) scheduled to open in 2018. However, the fate of the 113-year-old building remains unknown.