National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) is a large museum (23,235 square meters of exhibition space) in the ancient city of Fustat, now part of Cairo, Egypt. The museum partially opened in February 2017 and will display a collection of 50,000 artefacts, presenting Egyptian civilization from prehistoric times to the present day.

National Museum of Egyptian Civilization
Established2017
LocationAd Deyorah, Misr Al Qadimah, Cairo, Egypt
Coordinates30°00′27″N 31°14′54″E / 30.007529°N 31.248462°E / 30.007529; 31.248462Coordinates: 30°00′27″N 31°14′54″E / 30.007529°N 31.248462°E / 30.007529; 31.248462
TypeHistory museum
Collection size50,000 items
Websitenmec.gov.eg

BackgroundEdit

The permanent collection is divided into two separate regions, one chronological the other thematic. The chronological areas will be the following: Archaic, Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic, Medieval, Islamic, modern and contemporary. The thematic areas will be the following: Dawn of Civilization, The Nile, Writing, State and Society, Material Culture, Beliefs and Thinking and the Gallery of Royal Mummies. UNESCO provided technical help to the museum.[1]

The collections will be taken from other Egyptian museums such as the Egyptian Museum, the Coptic Museum, the Museum of Islamic Art, the Manial Palace and Museum in Cairo, and the Royal Jewelry Museum in Alexandria.[2]

Notable donationsEdit

In late 2017 Zahi Hawass reported that Francis Ricciardone, the president of the American University in Cairo, had donated 5000 of its artifacts to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.[3]

UsageEdit

The museum will host the final draw of the 2021 World Men's Handball Championship.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization". UNESCO. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  2. ^ El-Aref, Nevine (14 February 2017). "National Museum of Egyptian Civilization opens temporary exhibit, free admission". Ahram Online.
  3. ^ Hawass, Zahi (6 August 2017). "AUC: A story to be remembered". Al-Ahram weekly.

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