The Egyptian government on December 14th unveiled four newly renovated halls of the celebrated Tutankhamun gallery in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo as the facility undergoes a complete overhaul.
The halls, opened by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, house treasures from the tomb of the 19-year-old boy king which were unearthed in 1922 in the temple city of Luxor. Tutankhamun’s tomb had been untouched for some 3,000 years until the British archaeologist Howard Carter found it after years of fruitless excavations making it one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century.
The renovation of the halls located at the eastern entrance of the Tutankhamun gallery is part of a seven-year project to refurbish the entire museum overlooking Tahrir Square, and in turn revive downtown Cairo. The renovation works have been aided by funds from the European Union and other international donors.
James Moran, who heads the EU delegation in Cairo, said the bloc supported the project in order to help to boost Egypt’s tourism sector whose “revival… is fundamental for the economy”.
He said the EU would offer 92,500 euros ($115,000, £73,300) in 2015 to help renovate the eastern wing of Tutankhamun gallery.
The Egyptian Museum houses the largest collection of pharaonic artefacts and has witnessed several alterations since it was first opened in 1902.
Four years of political turmoil since the ouster of veteran leader Hosni Mubarak has battered the country’s economy amid falling tourist revenues and investments.