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Picture of the day: Cameras welcome at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo

Tourists look at artifacts inside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: Zeinab El-Guindy)

From December until  7 January, visitors to the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo will be allowed to take pictures with cameras and mobile phones inside the museum without paying any fees.

The museum's general supervisor, Khaled El-Anani, told MENA news agency that the antiquities minister had taken the decision to attract more visitors to the museum, which houses countless treasures from Ancient Egypt, including Tutankhamun's mummy and death mask.

Previously, visitors were not allowed to take cameras into the museum unless they paid a fee, and mobile phone photography was not allowed.

Anani pointed out that 3 artifacts that had recently been recovered from overseas will be on display in the museum for the first time.

It was not immediately clear whether or not photography will be allowed in the museum after 7 January.

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Glen Parry
13-12-2015 08:19pm
Camera Ban
Sorry but the above piece is misleading, in that there has bee a complete ban on photography within the Museum for several years now. Although this has been for the understandable reason that many of those who had paid the, nominal, photography charge which was then in place ignored the "No Flash" rule, it was unfortunate that the blanket ban had the side effect of denying the Supreme Council and, now, Ministry of State for Antiquities of a source of much needed income. Here's hoping that this is an indication that the reinstatement of a more general paid photo policy is to take place, as I for one would be more than happy to once more pay a fee for the privilege of photographing the wonders which Egypt's museums have to offer those who visit.
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