Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh al-Damaty announced that The Egyptian Museum would be opening its doors today to all tourists and Egyptians free of charge.
The museum was opened to the public in 1902 after beginning construction in 1897. It is home to more than 150,000 artifacts spanning from before the age of the pharaohs to the days Cleopatra and the Romans.
Minister Damaty said, “This decision comes in the framework of the ministry’s keenness to activate the movement of inbound visits to various museums and archaeological shrines, and to urge citizens to learn about the landmarks of Egyptian civilization."
In preparation for the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, due to open in 2018, many of the treasures are being relocated for eventual display at the new facility.