CAIRO – 26 November 2020: "The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir will never die," is a sentence that was repeated frequently by Khaled el-Enani, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, in several different celebrations.
Renowned actor Hussein Fahmy was nominated for the work of the promotional film to highlight the important artifacts that exist in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, despite the transfer of a large number of antiquities to the Grand Egyptian Museum, especially the holdings of the Pharaoh King Tutankhamun, as well as the transfer of royal mummies to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.
Sources added that Fahmy is currently filming a promotional video for the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, to shed light on what is displayed in the museum and that, as Enani always said, “will never die”, and will remain a beacon of the ancient Egyptian civilization.
The idea of the film came to Enani, given the importance of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.
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.
The royal mummies will be transferred to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in a large march, in preparation for the opening of three halls that include the central exhibition hall and the mummies hall.
The main hall also exhibits a group of colorful wooden statues of deities of Amenhotep II reign, as well as a set of pots and amulets of king Thutmose IV made of blue faience, a papyrus and a copy of the "Book of the Dead" from the late era, a wooden door that belongs to an ancient Egyptian engineer, and a statue of the ancient Egyptian writer made of red granite along with his writing tools, inks and brushes.
Additionally, a part of the oldest skeleton of a mummy’s foot attached to a compensatory part made of wood, statues of the King Amenemhat III in the form of the Sphinx, a seated statue of the king Thutmose III, a statue of God Nilus from the Greco-Roman period, about 50 lanterns from the Islamic era, a mashrabiya and some of the stucco windows inlaid with colored glass removed from the Citadel.
It is worth noting that the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is one of the most important projects carried out in cooperation with UNESCO and is one of the largest museums of civilization in Egypt and the Middle East.
The museum highlights the richness and diversity of Egyptian civilization from prehistoric times to present through the various archaeological collections exhibited in the museum.
Irina Bokova, former director-general of UNESCO, and the minister of tourism and antiquities opened a temporary exhibition hall in the museum in 2017.