Renovation work is underway at the temporary exhibition hall at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), which overlooks Ain El-Sira lake in Fustat, ahead of the museum’s soft opening day scheduled for mid January.
Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany embarked on a tour on Tuesday around the different sections of the hall to inspect the latest work.
During his tour, El-Enany told Ahram Online that the soft opening, scheduled for 10 January, includes the opening of the temporary exhibition hall, which will have on display an exhibition on handicrafts and Egyptian industries along the span of history under the title “Crafts and Industries through the Ages.”
The soft opening will also include the inauguration of the service area, which includes a cinema, theatre and a cafeteria.
Saeed Mahrous, supervisor-general of the NMEC, told Ahram Online that the exhibition will have on show a collection of some 400 artefacts showcasing the traditional Egyptian techniques used in the making of clay, jewellery, textiles and wood carvings.
Mahrous says the objects were chosen from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, the Coptic museum in Old Cairo, the Museum of Islamic Art in Babul Khalq, as well as the Textiles Museum in Al-Muiz Street, the Alexandria Jewellery Museum and Al-Fustat store galleries.
The exhibition will also illuminate the continuation and development of ancient crafts into modern times.
“This exhibition is a step towards NMEC’s third and final stage along the road to opening, which includes the museum’s 23,000 square metre exhibition hall,” concluded El-Enany.
“The exhibition... will be organised by the chronology and geography of the artefacts,” said Saeed, adding that a multimedia electronic guide will be available to visitors.