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Repository of the most extensive collection of pharaonic antiquities in the world, the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, offers its visitors a unique chance to explore the art of one of humankind's oldest civilizations. In 1902, when the museum opened, it contained approximately 20,000 objects; currently there are more than 200,000 in its display galleries and storage spaces, illuminating Egypt's rich history from prehistoric times through the Roman period.

The south garden and entrance facade of the museum (Ahmed Amin)
One of the Menkaure triads from his valley temple at Giza that graces the museum's Old Kingdom galleries (Gustavo Camps) Mission statement

The EMC's principal goals are to conserve Egypt's rich heritage and make it accessible to present and future generations. The museum operates under the auspices of the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA). The museum protects, restores and displays Egyptian antiquities and artifacts from various historical periods. Its collections have been and continue to be built through excavations carried out by both Egyptian and foreign expeditions throughout the Nile Valley and Delta.

The museum's staff and consultants are working to make the collections approachable, comprehensible, and enjoyable to its visitors through innovative modes of display. Didactic material is in Arabic and English to reach both local and international audiences.

In addition to its permanent collections, the MSA organizes in-house and traveling exhibitions through which specific themes of Egypt's history are explored at the EMC and abroad. The museum also offers extensive educational programs that include lectures, events, and schools for adults, children, and the blind.

The EMC After the Revolution

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