Throughout the weekend, the NMEC witnessed a noticeable influx of visitors —estimated at 12,000 — from across the republic and the world, Ghonim said in a statement issued by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
He added that the flow of visitors emphasises the passion tourists have for the museum’s unique pieces and demonstrates the awareness Egyptians have towards their country’s ancient civilisation and the monuments of their ancestors, which fulfils the museum’s goal as an educational and cultural institution.
The NMEC is the only museum in Egypt that offers visitors a general overview of all the country’s different historical periods. It was designed via a multidisciplinary thematic approach to highlight Egypt’s heritage, which makes it an important cultural, educational, and research centre for visitors and scholars from around the world.
In April 2021, as part of the reopening of the NMEC, the entire world witnessed the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade, which featured 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies being transported ceremoniously from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to their final resting place in the NMEC in Fustat.
In January 2022, The NMEC hosted the World Art Forum (WAF), which is the largest international contemporary art event to integrate contemporary art with sustainable development as per the UN’s 2030 sustainable development goals.
The NMEC was initially inaugurated in Fustat in the early 2000s with the combined efforts of the UNESCO and Egyptian Authorities, who succeeded in establishing an institution that reflects the various cultural aspects of Egypt’s rich history.