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The National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation to open next September

New museum in Cairo will house artifacts from across Egypt to paint a picture of time's sweep

Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 21 Dec 2010
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Culture Minister Farouk Hosny on Monday inspected the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) to check on the final stage of its construction.

During the tour Hosny said that the work was on schedule and told reporters that a committee will be appointed to follow up on the progress.

Developed with technical support from UNESCO, the building, located in EL-Fustat, was designed by the Egyptian architect Dr El Ghazzali Kosseiba and the Japanese interior designer Arata Isozaki.

Hosny described the museum as an exploration of Egypt's history through an exploration of its people as well as the monuments they built. On display will be 150,000 artifacts selected from museums around Egypt including Cairo's Egyptian, Islamic and Coptic museums; theGreco-Roman and Alexandria National museums in Alexandria; and the Luxor Museum. Archaeological artifacts kept in storage in sites such as the Giza Plateau and Saqqara will also be put on display. The transfer of these objects will start next week where they will be stored in the NMEC's vaults until its opening.

The museum will also display the feats and achievements that Egypt history has witnessed over the span of its time. In addition to the chosen collection, the NMEC will house a whole set of monuments, among them the Seboua Temple of Ramses II, now on Lake Nasser; a complete façade of a Fatimid sabil; two columns from King Djoser's temple at Saqqara; the collection of royal mummies; and the mummy of the ancient Egyptian artist Sanejem which is now on display at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square.

The museum's official inauguration is scheduled for September 2011.

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