Tourism Minister Launches 1st Phase of Project Developing Egyptian Museum in Tahrir


On Monday, February 20, Tourism and Antiquities Minister Ahmed Eissa, inaugurated the first phase of a project that works on developing the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.


The opening ceremony took place in the presence of the Head of the European Union Delegation to Egypt, Christian Berger, and ambassadors of the countries whose museums are participating in the project, including France, the UK, and Italy.


The decision to upgrade the museum came as a result of the cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the European Union, with the participation of an archaeological committee comprising a number of Egyptologists at Egyptian Universities in addition to five major European museums, including the Louvre Museum, the British Museum, the Egyptian Museum in Turin, the Museum of Berlin, and the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, the Netherlands.


During a speech he delivered at the ceremony, Eissa welcomed guests at the Egyptian Museum, which he said is the oldest museum that houses Egyptian antiquities across the world and an icon of the ancient Egyptian civilization over the past 120 years.


The minister said the announcement of completing the first phase of the Cairo Museum’s development project is a message to the whole world that the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square is still developing itself in a way that enables it to compete with other high-profile modern museums, such as the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization and the Grand Egyptian Museum.

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