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Thursday, November 21, 2013
NEWS: Egypt plans ambitious renovation for Cairo museum
said they want to return the dusty 111-year-old museum to its former glory by
painting the walls and covering the floors in their original colors and
and security systems also will be upgraded to meet international standards,
Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said, announcing the plan during a news
conference in the museum's leafy courtyard. The displays also will be
rearranged, although he did not give details about how.
One of the
museum's most famous exhibits, King Tutankhamun's treasures, will be moved to a
new Grand Egyptian museum that is being built near the Giza pyramids. It is
scheduled to be completed in 2015.
Along with the
overall tourist industry, the museum has suffered in large part due to its location
near Tahrir Square, the epicenter of protests and frequent clashes since the
start of the 2011 revolution that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Violence
spiked again after the 3 July 3 ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
interim government that has assumed power is struggling to regain control of
the streets and bring back the visitors who long made Egypt a top tourist spot.
Tahrir, on a Friday, we are sending a positive message to the entire world:
Egypt is doing well," Ibrahim said on the anniversary of the museum's
inauguration in 1902.
said his ministry planned to demolish the blackened former headquarters of
Mubarak's National Democratic Party, which was burned during the anti-Mubarak
uprising and stands between the museum and the River Nile, to create a
botanical garden and an open-air museum. He said part of the new exposition
area could be dedicated to the country's popular uprisings.
declined to give an exact figure for the cost of the project, but said it would
likely be at least $4.3 million.