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'Special ceremony' to mark 113th anniversary of Egyptian Museum

The museum will welcome visitors with flowers and a free ticket to celebrate its 113th anniversary

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 15 Nov 2015
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The facade of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir
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An Egyptian Museum official said that a special ceremony is being organised to mark its 113th anniversary on Monday.

"Visitors will pay no entrance fee for the day. Art and musical performances will take place in the museum’s garden and directors and officials working at the museum will be honored for their tremendous efforts,"  Khaled El-Enani, General Supervisor of the Egyptian Museum, told Ahram Online.

Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty, as well as a number of artists, public figures, members of the Egyptian Museum Friends Association and university students will attend the event. All the visits will be led for free by volunteers tour guides.

The Egyptian Museum is home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. It displays 120,000 artefacts with twice that number in storage.

The museum was first build in 1835 near Al-Azbakeyah Garden and in 1855 was moved to the Cairo Salaheddin Citadel. In 1855, the Egyptian government gave Archduke Maximilian of Austria many of the artefacts; these are now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

In 1858, following the establishment of Egypt’s Antiquities Service under the direction of French archaeologist August Mariette, a new museum was established at Boulaq Nile bank.

But regretfully in 1878, the building suffered significant damage from Nile River flooding. In 1892, the collections were moved to a former royal palace in Giza where they remained safe until 1902 when the museum in Tahrir Square was built.

Now, as the museum overflows with its treasured collection, a new museum named the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is under construction on the Giza plateau on Cairo's outskirts to house such a collection. Upon completion of this project, the Tahrir Square museum will be repurposed to display statues and different ancient Egyptian art techniques.

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16-11-2015 01:00pm
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A nice idea
It was a lovely idea, but free admission only applied to Egyptians or Egyptian residents. Everyone else paid the reduced rate of LE75. It would have been a gigantic task to present so many visitors with flowers or free guides and understandably neither are particularly in evidence.
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Sam Enslow
15-11-2015 06:39pm
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Wonderful Place
I have been to this museum more times than I can count. One can find many things wrong with it, but I love it. After seeing the 'major' or famous exhibits, I now spend about two hours sitting someplace and noticing 'little' things that are missed by most visitors. My favorite things are the free hand drawings by various workers and some of the small statues from the Ptolomies. This old place allows one to explore 'grandmother's attic.
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Sam Enslow
15-11-2015 06:39pm
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Wonderful Place
I have been to this museum more times than I can count. One can find many things wrong with it, but I love it. After seeing the 'major' or famous exhibits, I now spend about two hours sitting someplace and noticing 'little' things that are missed by most visitors. My favorite things are the free hand drawings by various workers and some of the small statues from the Ptolomies. This old place allows one to explore 'grandmother's attic.
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Ric
15-11-2015 05:51pm
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Created when gods n godesses
Wish i can see it all,love ancient beliefs.
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Yusef Mazhar
15-11-2015 05:45pm
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An excellent way of following all events in Egypt in a concise effective way most read for me Nevine el Aref Dr Yusef Mazhar Prep and Presenter CH-2 TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM Weekly Friday 8.00pm
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Al
15-11-2015 05:03pm
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Great museum
Shame it will stay empty for years; thanks to the Army Government brilliant policies!
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