According to this report by Al Masry Al Youm, Farouk Hosni – Egyptian Minister of Culture – recently announced that the new Egyptian Museum of Civilization will be opened in September 2011.
The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) is situated in Fustat, not far from the Religion Compound and the Mosque of Amr Ibn al-Aas, overlooking the lake Ain al-Sira. The museum will showcase artefacts that represent the richness of Egyptian civilization through the ages, from prehistoric times through to the present day.
The exhibits are expected to be arranged thematically, and to include sections on the Nile, writing, and material culture.
The website Heritage Key also claims that “The climax of the visitor’s experience will be the Royal Mummies gallery, which aims to recreate the experience of visiting a royal tomb in the Valley of the Kings.” This fits with rumours that exhibits from the current Egyptian Museum will be distributed amongst various museums in Egypt if and when the new Grand Egyptian Museum near the pyramids is finally opened.
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