The National Museum of Egyptian civilization (NMEC) welcomed visitors, as Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Enany agreed to grant a 50 per cent discount on NMEC’s entry tickets for Egyptians and foreigners over the period April 4-17, to visit the Central Exhibition Hall (Main Exhibition).
Twenty-two mummified members of ancient Egyptian royalty had been relocated from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to NMEC Saturday night in an awe-inspiring parade.
The spectacle was named The Pharaohs’ Golden Parade and comprised mummies of 18 kings and four queens, including some of Egypt’s most prominent rulers of the past.
Among the mummies transferred were those of King Ramses II; King Seqenenre Tao; King Thutmose III; King Seti I; Queen Hatshepsut; and Queen Meritamen, the wife of King Amenhotep I; and Queen Ahmose Nefertari, the wife of King Ahmose I.
“With all pride and joy, I highly anticipate the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade,” commented President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on his official Twitter account minutes before the launch of the parade.
Minister el-Enany, for his part said that Egypt has made great strides to establish and renovate more than 20 museums nationwide.
The minister said that during the coming period, a number of news museums will be opened, including the Museum of Egyptian Capitals in the New Administrative Capital.
The Museum of Egyptian Capitals narrates the history of Egyptian capitals through different eras.
Work is currently underway in the final stages of projects to restore the Muhammad Ali Palace in Shubra, the Kabash Road in Luxor, and the Greco-Roman Museum in Alexandria.
Construction work is progressing well at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in preparation for its opening late this year in a ceremony to be attended by leading world figures.