The Minister of antiquities, Khaled al-Anani in the night of Friday, November 18, held the first ever country night tour of one of the world’s major museums – the National Museum of Egypt. As reported Elbalad.news, the event was timed to coincide with the 114th anniversary of the founding of the National Museum and the beginning of his full-time work for visitors twice a week – Thursday and Sunday.
Al-Anani was accompanied by the Deputy interior Minister of Egypt, Minister of culture and tourism, representatives of other Egyptian agencies and journalists accredited in the Egyptian capital, reports TASS.
According to the Minister, on a regular basis during the day the doors of the National Museum will open immediately after the completion of the project to install special equipment night lighting in halls and at the entrance to the building. The Ministry of antiquities has embarked on a programme of modification of the lighting system of the Museum, which will cost more than 2 million Egyptian pounds (about 140 thousand dollars). In the next few days will be completed the restoration and in the halls of the Museum.
According to al-Anani, the Ministry also few weeks will open after the restoration of the Islamic Museum in Cairo, the historical and architectural centers in the cities of the Faiyum and Minya.
The national Museum of Egypt, containing the world’s largest collection of Egyptian antiquities, housed in built in 1900 by French architect Marcel Dunena historic building in Tahrir square in downtown Cairo. It was opened in 1902. The Museum collection currently consists of about 160 thousand exhibits.