The location of the national museum of Egyptian civilization is very unique as it is located on the archaeological site of the ancient city of El just in old Cairo that was the first capital of Egypt during the beginning of the Islamic age which overlooks Ain El Seera Lake. This futuristic house of culture and entertainment sits on an area of 33 acres "960, 0000 Square Meters" consists of three levels that were designed by an Egyptian architect El Ghazzali Kosseiba and the exhibition spaces are being designed by a Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.
The national museum of Egyptian civilization is opened from Saturday to Thursday from 9 AM to 5 PM, and on Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM & from 6 PM to 9 PM.
The story of the NMEC begins in 1982 when UNESCO and the Egyptian government started a new campaign was launched to find a design for the Nubian museum in Aswan and the National Museum in Cairo, the winner of the international architectural competition was an Egyptian architect. In 1999, Al Fustat became the home of the new NMEC. The Egyptian Authorities, the Ministry of Culture, and the joint efforts of UNESCO have been able to establish a museological institution that is able to shed some light on the cultural aspects of Egypt's diverse and rich history of Egypt with the help of advanced technology and aesthetically methods used in today's museums. On the 3rd of April 2021 at sunset, A huge event was organized under the name The Pharaoh's golden parade to transport the 22 Mummies from Cairo's Tahrir square to the National Museum of Civilization across 5 km (3 mi) under massive celebrations.
The NMEC will showcase the amazing wonders of the Egyptian civilization and art pieces across the chronological areas such as modern & contemporary Pharaonic, Archaic, Greco-Roman, Medieval, Coptic, and Islamic plus thematic galleries that will follow state and society, writing, the Nile, six thematic galleries covering the dawn of civilization, beliefs & thinking material culture, and the Royal Mummies gallery. The national museum of Egyptian civilization has a temporary Exhibition Hall that showcases Egyptian Crafts up to 400 artifacts through Different Eras across 1000 square meters showcasing the four main crafts of the rich Egyptian Culture like Wood, Textile, Pottery, and Ornaments. The NMEC holds a rare archaeological dye-house that dates back to the first century of the Fatimid period "969 – 1171 AD". It will display temporary exhibition spaces, an education & research center, and an auditorium plus an exhibition on the development of modern Cairo. It will be the host of a variety of events such as film screenings, lecture conferences, and cultural activities.
The national museum of Egyptian civilization is home to a number of amazing monuments up to 50,000 that showcases the ovulation of the Egyptian civilization and offer the clearest vision of ancient Egyptian heritage such as the birth plate from the New Kingdom era (1570 – 1050 BC), the breastfeeding statue, and Thutmose III sitting, statues of King Amenemhat III in the shape of the Sphinx, a red granite statue of the ancient Egyptian scholar, a Greco-Roman era statue of the deity Nilus, about fifty niches from the Islamic era, and variety of small statues & amulets made of blue vines and many more. The national museum of Egyptian civilization NMEC is planned to hold 22 royal mummies accompanied by 17 royal coffins that dated back to the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th Dynasties, 18 of the mummies are for kings, while the other 4 mummies are queens. Some of the transferred mummies are King Ramses II, King Seti I, King Seqenenre Tao, King Tuthmosis III, plus the great Queen Hatshepsut, and Queen Ahmose Nefertari, the wife of King Ahmose I, and Queen Meritamen, the wife of King Amenhotep I.
The NMEC's floor possesses the International training Center the first of its kind in Egypt where every participant undergoes training under the hand of specialists in the fields of preventive maintenance, archaeological restoration, museum sciences, heritage preservation, human strains, and excavations with the help of the UNESCO. It is the first two of its kind to implement the antiquities Reception area that governs the entry of artifacts inside the museum plus the packaging & unwrapping operations. The national museum of Egyptian civilization is home to a number of 14 archaeological stores and a number of maintenance laboratories, workshops, restoration factories, and printing and publishing centers. There is also a massive theatre, cafeterias, restaurants, gift shops, and more. The center of the museum works to provide the necessary intellectual & educational resources through the most recent publications and periodicals on the most important archaeological discoveries, seminars, archaeological exhibitions, and conferences held in or outside Egypt, plus the latest printings of scientific journals and books.
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