Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has unveiled four newly renovated halls in the entrance of the East wing of the Tutankhamun gallery at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo as the facility undergoes a complete overhaul. The renovation is part of a seven-year project to refurbish the entire Egyptian Museum.
The Halls house treasures that were found intact in 1922 along with the mummy of the 19-year-old boy king in the temple city of Luxor. The renovation of the museum is being aided by funds from the European Union and other international donors. James Moran, who heads the EU delegation in Cairo, said the EU gave support to help to boost Egypt's tourism sector whose "revival... is fundamental for the economy"
The Egyptian Museum - first opened in 1902 in Cairo's central Tahrir Square - contains 107 halls with artefacts dating from the prehistoric through to the Roman periods. The majority of the collection is focused on the era of the pharaohs.