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AP PHOTOS: Egypt museum hurt by political turmoil

Wednesday - 12/4/2013, 12:20pm  ET

In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 photo, the solid gold mask of King Tutankhamun is seen in its glass case, as tourists visit the Egyptian museum near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. The 111-year-old museum, a treasure trove of pharaonic antiquities, has long been one of the centerpieces of tourism to Egypt. But the constant instability since the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak has dried up tourism to the country, slashing a key source of revenue. Moreover, political backbiting and attempts to stop corruption have had a knock-on effect of bringing a de facto ban on sending antiquities on tours to museums abroad, cutting off what was once a major source of funding for the museum. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
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The Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) -- Inside the Egyptian Museum, there are 200,000 items showing the splendor of the country's history -- and few tourists to see them.

The palatial, 111-year-old salmon-colored building near Cairo's downtown sits near Tahrir Square, the site of many of the protests in Egypt's continued political instability. That's driven away tourists from the museum.

On a recent visit to the museum by an Associated Press photographer, there were few foreign visitors. There were none at its most prized exhibits of mummies and King Tut's treasures. Instead, the artifacts sat in the shadows and the dust of the museum, some identified only by handwritten notecards randomly in Arabic, English and French.

Here is a gallery of images of the Egyptian Museum and the artifacts within it from AP photographer Nariman El-Mofty.

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