National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC)

National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC)

The Museum is located in El Fustat, founded as the first capital of Islamic Egypt by the Arab Conqueror Amr Ibn Al-Aass in 640 A.D. Now in the heart of Cairo, on the road to the pyramids, El Fustat is home to important monuments and archaeological sites, including the Citadel of Salahedin, the Hanging Church, the Mosque of Amr Ibn Al-Aass, and the Ben-Ezra synagogue. The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) is the only museum of civilization in Egypt and will be the first in the Arab world. The construction of the museum, which will be 87 000 sq. m. in size, is implemented in cooperation with UNESCO, and the opening is foreseen for the end of 2009.

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is being built at Fustat, facing Old Cairo and the Pyramids. This museum will introduce visitors to the sweep of Egyptian history, from the prehistoric period up to the time of Muhammad Ali. Like the Grand Museum, the Fustat Museum will display its artefacts thematically. The Nile, writing, crafts, trades, the arts, agriculture, government, society, beliefs and folklore have already been identified as themes of exhibitions .

The NMEC will be the only museum in Egypt to present the full range of the richness and diversity of Egyptian civilization throughout the ages, from prehistoric times to present day. The museum will display and interpret artifacts and works of art that will reveal the unique qualities of Egyptian culture. Its collections will be drawn from the Egyptian National Collections.

The core exhibition highlights the main achievements of Egyptian civilization according to eight time periods (from Prehistory to Modern) and six thematic galleries cover a variety of subjects; Dawn of civilization, The Nile, Writing, State and society, Material culture and Beliefs and thinking. 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.

The museum will focus on intellectual achievements in various historical stages of the ancient Egyptian civilization. It will display rare antiques from the pre-history stage which were collected by Zaaki Saad from about 1,000 tombs in the period from 1940-1950.

From the museum there will be an archaeological walking path to the Fatimid dyers houses (the masbargha), the Saladin wall and the El Fustat archaeological site. An archaeobotanic garden will show plants from ancient Egyptian times.

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) is set to open in July 2011.
Civilization Museum, El Fustat, Cairo, Egypt
National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC)
Total Objects: 1681
Planetarium building, Gazirah Exibition Grounds, next to the National Cultural Centre, El Fustat, Cairo, Egypt
Tel. +20-2-3405198

Last Updated on Sunday 16th January 2011