On 20 February 2011, all of Egypt’s archaeological sites and six of its antiquities museums reopened. In my opinion, the most important reopening was that of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. After all the rumors surrounding the vandalism and thefts there I am happy to say that it is now truly safe. A complete inventory is still underway, but for now, it seems that relatively few objects are still missing. This is of course terrible, and we will continue to do everything we can to bring back these pieces as soon as possible; we still hope that they will turn up, as four of the objects that were originally reported as missing have been found already. However, it could have been far worse; all of the museum’s most iconic masterpieces are safe.
Over 1500 Egyptians visited the museum on Sunday; I believe that they wanted to see if I was true to my word. Many brought flowers and made it clear that they wanted international tourists to return. I am glad to report that about 90 foreign tourists from Brazil, Japan, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands came to the museum. Tourists from both Egypt and abroad also visited Giza, Saqqara, and sites in Luxor.
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Edited by: Shaimaa Ahmed