CAIRO: The Egyptian Museum opens Monday its doors for Egyptian and foreign tourists for free, marking the 113th anniversary of its establishment, said Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh al-Damaty in a statement Sunday.
“This decision comes in the framework of the ministry’s keenness to activate the movement of inbound visits to various museums and archaeological shrines, and to urge citizens to learn about the landmarks of Egyptian civilization,” Damaty stated.
In celebration of the museum’s establishment, the ministry will hold cultural and musical events, stated the Museum General Advisor Khaled al-Anani.
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.
Many of 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.