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Visitors enjoyed the large National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in the ancient city of Fustat, now part of Cairo after its opening on Saturday after the overnight arrival of 22 royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir in a royal procession. Partially open since February 2017, the museum displays a collection of around 50,000 artefacts, presenting the Egyptian civilization from prehistoric times to the modern era in a more civilized way. “This museum aims to protect and preserve Egyptian heritage from the pre-historical period up to now,” Head of archaeology at the National Museum of Civilization Mahrous Elsanadedy said. The central hall of the museum includes artefacts dating back to the Pharaonic, Roman, Coptic and Islamic eras. “We have unique pieces such as the royal statue of King Akhenaten and the statue of Khonsu as well as medicine and anatomy tools,” said Abdelazim Abdulrazak, director of heavy stones lab at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation. Pharaonic coffins, royal mummies to Islamic artefacts such as the portrait of the founder of modern Egypt Mohamed Ali Basha and a Roman Obelisk were showcased at the large museum halls. “The best thing about it is the multiplicity of exhibits,” visitor Emiel Makram said. “You can see the entire history of Egypt through it,” he added. The 22 mummies which are now in the restoration centre before the official opening, will be the stars of the show though, after being relocated from the Egyptian Museum as a result of an increase in their number there.