The Royal Mummies’ Hall of the NMEC opened to the public on Sunday. The Mummies’ Hall is specially designed to display the mummies belonging to kings and queens from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties that ruled ancient Egypt over 3,000 years ago.
Royal Mummies Hall at Cairo’s new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) was opened to visitors for the first time on Sunday 18 April 2021, displaying 20 mummies of Ancient Egyptian kings and queens.
The showcased mummies were among the 22 transferred earlier in April from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo to the NMEC in a remarkable Royal golden parade.
The opening of the magnificent mummies hall coincided with the International Day for Monuments and Sites, also known as the World Heritage Day.
The mummies belonged to 18 kings and four queens that ruled Ancient Egypt over 3,000 years ago.
The Royal Mummies Hall is located beneath the Main Hall. It is reached by a downward stairway at the entrance of the Main Hall of the museum.
Once inside, visitors can follow the direction arrows on the floor to go through the passages, tour the entire hall, and see all the mummies, most of which are showcased next to the coffins they were found in.
The first mummy that visitors encounter is that of King Seqenenre Taa II, followed by those of Queen Ahmose Nefertari, King Amenhotep I, King Thutmose I, King Thutmose II, Queen Hatshepsut, King Thutmose II, King Amenhotep II and Thutmose IV.
The rest of the mummies include those of King Ramses II and Queen Tiye, which amazingly still have head hair in a good condition of preservation.
Although 22 mummies were moved to the NMEC, the Royal Mummies Hall accommodates 20, which are currently in display. The other two mummies will be exhibited in rotation with others, according to Mahrous el-Sanadidy, a senior curator at the museum.
“The area of the Royal Mummies Hall is 850 square meters. It exhibits 20 mummies, 12 coffins and some of the special belongings of Amenhotep II and Thutmose IV,” Sanadidy explained, stressing that the royal mummies are the pride of the new museum.
2000 Visited the Mummies Hall on its first day