Sing: Jesus, We Want to Meet, UMH 661
The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities is situated at Tahrir Square in Cairo. It was built during the reign of Khedive Abbass Helmi II beginning in 1897, and opened on November 15, 1902. It has 107 halls. At the ground floor there are the huge statues. The upper floor houses small statues, jewels, Tutankhamon treasures and the mummies. The Museum also comprises a photography section and a large library.
The Egyptian museum comprises many sections arranged in chronological order: the first section houses Tutankhamon's treasures. The second section houses the pre-dynasty and the Old Kingdom monuments. The third section houses the first intermediate period and the Middle Kingdom monuments. The forth section houses the monuments of the Modern Kingdom. The fifth section houses the monuments of the late period and the Greek and Roman periods. The sixth section houses coins and papyrus. The seventh section houses sarcophagi and scarabs.
More than a million and half tourists visit the museum annually, in addition to half a million Egyptians. This was a fantastic museum with so many incredible items – a lot of them were over 4,000 years old! In one stairwell we saw some papyrus documents that were 3,000 years old displayed in simple frames you might buy at Walmart. Our last stop here was the Tutankhamon room – the artistry and skill of the people who created these items easily matches or surpasses what we can do today.
The Egyptians have built a new museum in Giza, not far from the Great Pyramids. The Grand Egyptian Museum has more than 258,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space on a 123-acre campus and will open in 2021.