The National Museum of Egyptian Civilizations

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilizations

Shahd Abouelmagd, Arts and Culture Reporter

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilizations (NMEC) is the first museum in the Arab world focusing on the earliest civilization in the history -the ancient Egyptian civilization. It is the only museum in Egypt that offers visitors a general overview of the different historical periods that encompass Egypt.

National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) is located in Fustat, the first Egyptian capital after the Arab Islamic conquest, so it was a logical choice for the museum site, as the area is located at the crossroads of Egyptian history and it includes many Coptic churches and monasteries, the Coptic Museum, the Ibn Ezra Temple, and the first mosque in Egypt, the Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque. The Citadel of Saladin can also be seen from the museum’s outdoor spaces, designed to emphasize the unique location overlooking Lake Ain El-Sira, the last natural lake in Cairo.

The museum partially opened in 2017, and will display a collection of fifty thousand of artifacts, presenting Egyptian Civilization from prehistoric times to the present day.

The permanent collection is divided into two separate regions, one chronological the other thematic. The chronological areas will be the following: Archaic Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic, Medieval, Islamic, modern and contemporary. The thematic areas will be the following: Dawn of Civilization, The Nile, Writing, State and Society, Material Culture, Beliefs and Thinking and the Gallery of Royal Mummies. UNESCO provided technical help to the museum.

There was such an important parade a couple of months ago (The Golden Parade), this event was held in Cairo which 22 mummies belonging to kings and queens of the new kingdom of ancient Egypt were moved from The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.

It is really essential to visit this museum for people who are interested in different cultures and the different periods of time in Egypt.