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Egyptian Museum of Antiquities gets makeover to compete for tourists

The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square is undergoing a facelift that tourism officials and curators hope will allow it to compete with the Grand Egyptian Museum, soon to open its doors to visitors.
Egyptian Museum of Antiquities 2014

With the Grand Egyptian Museum, Egypt's much anticipated new antiquities museum set to open its doors to visitors before the year's end, many are wondering what will happen with the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which has been one of the country's main tourist attractions.

Located at downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities is an impressive Beaux-Arts building dating to the turn of the 20th century. Despite its popularity among tourists and Egyptian museum-goers, the museum has been subject to criticism due to multiple shortcomings, not least among which is its cramped display space, which helps cause overcrowding

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