CAIRO – 19 November 2020: Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is preparing to transfer royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the place of their permanent display in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, where 22 mummies will be transported in a large royal procession.
Egypt’s Minister of Tourism & Antiquities Khaled el-Enany said that the celebrations of 118 years of establishing the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir will be the largest in its history, and will come in conjunction with the transfer of the royal mummies to the NMEC in a global procession that will dazzle the world.
Currently, in the Mummies Hall, 50 colored coffins are displayed, including two from the Saqqara discovery, and 48 coffins from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, of which 15 are displayed for the first time and others were on display on the third floor of the museum and in the basement.
These coffins have received a grant project that began in 2016, to include the documentation, photographing and restoration of 626 coffins.
The number of mummies and coffins to be transported is 22 royal mummies and 17 royal coffins, dating back to the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th Dynasties. 18 of the mummies are for kings, while 4 belong to queens.
Among the mummies transferred are mummies of King Ramses II; King Seqenenre Tao; King Tuthmosis III; King Seti I; Queen Hatshepsut; and Queen Meritamen, the wife of King Amenhotep I; and Queen Ahmose Nefertari, the wife of King Ahmose I.
All royal mummies will be transported on 22 cars in the ancient Egyptian style, with horses, and war wheels similar to the ancient Egyptian war wheels were made for that grandiose event.