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Italy's Egyptian museum reopens after 'pharaonic' revamp

A visitor at the Egyptian Museo delle Antichita Egizie in Turin, the only museum other than the Cairo Museum that is dedicated solely to ancient Egypt art and culture, on March 31, 2015Huge black and gold sarcophaguses with kohl-rimmed eyes dwarf visitors at Turin’s palatial Egyptian museum, which is reopening to the public after a “pharaonic” five-year renovation. Now visitors donning 3D glasses in the museum in northern Italy will be able to explore a reconstruction of the tomb of Queen Nefertari, Ramesses the Great’s favourite wife, as well as that of another tomb and a cult chapel. The red-brick building in the heart of Turin’s historic centre, built as a Jesuit school in the 17th century, has undergone a 50 million euro ($53.7 million) makeover that has doubled its exhibition space to 12,000 square metres (129,000 square feet). “The Egyptian museum will become a great international museum once again,” he said.

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