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Unique collection in National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), Fostat

Unique collection in National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), Fostat, which considered to be the largest museum of civilization in the world, and one of the largest international museums, as well as the only one of its kind in Egypt, the Arab world, the Middle East and Africa.

Unique collection in National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), Fostat

Location of National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) is located in Fustat area, which is the first Egyptian capital after the Arab and Islamic conquest of Egypt, this area includes many Coptic churches, monasteries, the Coptic Museum, Temple of Ibn Ezra, and the first mosque in Egypt is Mosque of Amr Ibn Al-Aas.

Ain El Sira Lake

  • The museum overlooks a natural lake called Ain Al-Sira Lake, It contains sulfur water which is able to treat skin diseases.

What can we find when we visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization?

In the Museum there are fifty thousand artifacts that tell the stages of the development of the Egyptian civilization, in addition to displaying the achievements of the Egyptian in various fields of life from the dawn of history to the present time.

  • The foundation stone of the museum was laid in 2002, in 2017 Ministry of Antiquities partially opened the museum by opening a temporary exhibition of heritage crafts in Egypt, while the grand opening was in April 2021during the reign of president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Is the National museum of Egyptian Civilization the same as the Grand Egyptian Museum?

  • The National Museum of Civilization is not an archaeological museum like the Egyptian Museum and the Grand Museum, but it is a museum that relies on new multimedia technologies, in which the artifacts are not the hero, but they bear witness to the stories of the creativity of the Egyptian mind, in modern presentation methods.

Who built the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization?

This unique museum was designed by Eng. El-Ghazali Kseiba, Professor of Architecture at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo, while the interior exhibition halls were designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.

Human Remains of Nazlet Khater

It considered to be the second oldest human skeleton in the world, which dates back more than 35,000 years to a person who was 17 to 19 years old at the time of his death, he was worker in a quarry and was buried in a small cave near to the quarry, they found next to him an ax and other tools was used by him during  working in quarry, It was discovered in 1980 by a Belgian expedition.

Unique collection in National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), Fostat

The oldest laundry in Egypt

  • It is locsted in the vicinity of the Museum of Civilization, it dates back to the Fatimid era.
  • It was discovered in 1944, it was thought at first that it was an oil press, but after sediments were found in it, which appeared from its chemical analysis to be a dye,The credit for this discovery goes to Suleiman Ahmed Suleiman the former head of the Islamic Antiquities Sector.
Unique collection in National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), Fostat

Oldest Prosthetic limb in the world

The oldest prosthetic lamb in the world was discovered near Luxor in 2000, it was made from wood, and leather was used to connect the prosthetic limb to the natural foot, and a soft part to create flexibility during movement.

Unique collection in National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), Fostat

Relaxing Chair of Queen Hetepheres

Queen Hetepheres was the wife of king Sneferu, founder of the Fourth Dynasty, and she was the mother of king Khufu, who was the owner of the Great Pyramid.

She had a pyramid adjacent to the Great Pyramid, in which her tomb and its unique holdings were found.

Unique collection in National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), Fostat

  • It was made of Ebony covered with gold foil, he front legs of a chair are in the form of lion paws, to symbolize protection
  • It is noticeable that the chair was designed to tilt slightly back to make relaxation, as the front legs were designed longer than the back legs.

The golden sarcophagus of the pharaonic priest Nedjemankh

The golden sarcophagus of Nedjemankh, elaborately decorated with scenes and hieroglyphic texts intended to guide the priest on his journey to eternal life, it dates back to the Ptolemaic era, specifically the first century BC.
  • It was stolen from the Minya region, during the revolution that occurred in 2011, then in 2017 it was found in the Metropolitan Museum, where it was purchased for 4 million dollars, it is a very low price in proportion to its invaluable value, so the Egyptian government worked hard to return it in 2019.
Unique collection in National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), Fostat

  • The theft of this unique piece of art was discovered by accident when movie star "Kim Kardashian" posed for a picture in pharaonic attire with the sarcophagus at the Metropolitan Museum for her 41st birthday.

National Museum of Egyptian Civilization ticket price

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities have set the prices of tickets for the National Museum of Civilization in Fustat, to reach 60 pounds for Egyptians and Arabs, 30 pounds for Egyptian students, 200 pounds for foreign visitors, and 100 pounds for foreign students.

  • Entry is free for both the elderly over the age of 60, the Egyptian people of determination and their companions, doctors, families of martyrs, workers at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, children under the age of 6, veterans and graduates of the Faculty of Archeology - Faculty of Tourism - Faculty of Arts "Department of History, Department of Civilization"  - Faculty of Engineering - Faculty of Fine Arts “Department of Architecture” - Faculty of Applied Arts - Fine Artists Syndicate.

Dates of the Museum of Civilization in Fustat

  • The Museum of Civilization timings are from Saturday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, and from 6 pm to 9 pm.

National Museum of Egyptian Civilization mummies

The Royal Mummies Hall is located below the main hall inside the Museum of Egyptian Civilization.

The hall is accessed through a corridor that has been painted black, as a sign of the underworld in a life of stillness and complete darkness.


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