Newly-appointed Minister of State for Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, says the Egyptian Museum has been closed as part of precautionary measures, citing the turmoil in Tahrir Square.
Egyptian Museum director Tarek Al-Awadi confirmed that the museum is intact but stressed that all roads leading to it has been blocked, which resulted in its closure.
Hundreds of Egyptians defied soldiers who tried to disperse them overnight from Tahrir Square and vowed Saturday to keep protesting until ex-President Hosni Mubarak is tried and other demands of the Egyptian Revolution are met.
Some demonstrators, angry at the army's use of tasers and batons to drive them out of Tahrir, hurled rocks at a burning army bus and truck. Gunshots echoed around the square during the night as the army sought to clear the area, Reuters reported.
After a protest by hundreds of thousands of Egyptians on Friday, the army surrounded the Tahrir after curfew, set from 2am to 5am, to push out those who remained.
Hundreds of protesters hurled stones and other missiles at the museum building, following a verbal exchange with police forces at the museum, MENA reported.