Welcome! The Museum of Egyptian Civilization of Fustat

Published April 6th, 2021 - 08:37 GMT

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) is in the ancient city of Fustat, now part of Cairo, Egypt. The museum was partially opened in February 2017. But it officially opened its doors on 3 April 2021 by president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, right before the moving of 22 mummies, including 18 kings and four queens, from the Egyptian Museum in an illustrious event termed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade.

The Museum is specifically located in Fustat because it was first Egyptian capital after the Arab Islamic conquest, making it a logical choice for the site. The museum was designed to emphasize the unique location overlooking Lake Ain El-Sira, the last natural lake in Cairo.

The NMEC is the first museum to be devoted to the entirety of Egyptian civilization. The permanent collection is divided into two separate regions, one chronological the other thematic. 

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A golden sarcophagus is exhibited at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in Fustat

A golden sarcophagus is exhibited at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony, on April 4, 2021. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP

Visitors walk down a hallway at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo

Visitors walk down a hallway at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening on April 4, 2021, a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP

A visitor looks at a large statue of the 18th dynasty Pharaoh Akhenaten at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC)

A visitor looks at a large statue of the 18th dynasty Pharaoh Akhenaten at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony, on April 4, 2021. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP

Visitors at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC)

People visit Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony, on April 4, 2021. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP

People visit an archaeological exhibit at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC)

People visit an archaeological exhibit at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony, on April 4, 2021. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP

A visitor looks at displayed artifacts at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC)

A visitor looks at displayed artifacts at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening on April 4, 2021, a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP

People look at displayed artifacts at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC)

People look at displayed artifacts at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony, on April 4, 2021. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP

Photojournalists take pictures at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation

Photojournalists take pictures at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening on April 4, 2021, a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP

A golden sarcophagus is exhibited at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in Fustat
Visitors walk down a hallway at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo
A visitor looks at a large statue of the 18th dynasty Pharaoh Akhenaten at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC)
Visitors at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC)
People visit an archaeological exhibit at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC)
A visitor looks at displayed artifacts at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC)
People look at displayed artifacts at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC)
Photojournalists take pictures at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation
A golden sarcophagus is exhibited at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in Fustat
A golden sarcophagus is exhibited at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony, on April 4, 2021. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP
Visitors walk down a hallway at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo
Visitors walk down a hallway at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening on April 4, 2021, a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP
A visitor looks at a large statue of the 18th dynasty Pharaoh Akhenaten at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC)
A visitor looks at a large statue of the 18th dynasty Pharaoh Akhenaten at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony, on April 4, 2021. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP
Visitors at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC)
People visit Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony, on April 4, 2021. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP
People visit an archaeological exhibit at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC)
People visit an archaeological exhibit at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony, on April 4, 2021. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP
A visitor looks at displayed artifacts at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC)
A visitor looks at displayed artifacts at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening on April 4, 2021, a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP
People look at displayed artifacts at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC)
People look at displayed artifacts at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony, on April 4, 2021. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP
Photojournalists take pictures at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation
Photojournalists take pictures at Egypt's new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo, during its official reopening on April 4, 2021, a day after the Pharaohs' Golden Parade ceremony. The NMEC which opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017, opens fully a day after the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", but the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP