But, the Egyptian capital Cairo, which contains the wonderful museum, is poised for renewed protests as supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi call for marches after Friday prayers.
It comes two days after authorities broke up Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in the Egyptian capital with the loss of at least 638 lives.
In response, a pro-government group has called on people to protect their neighborhoods and churches throughout the country.
Egypt's Coptic Christian community has been targeted by some Islamists who accuse the Church of backing the army's overthrow of President Morsi last month.
Wednesday's violence, which has been widely condemned, began when armored bulldozers moved into the two Cairo protest camps. The smaller of the two camps, at Nahda Square, was cleared quickly but clashes raged for several hours in and around the main encampment near the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. The mosque was badly damaged by fire.
The UN Security Council is calling on both the Egyptian government and the Muslim Brotherhood to exercise maximum restraint. However, with people on both sides believing they are right, the country could be heading for a holy war. We know of the heartache a civil war brings. Fighting for a principle seems like madness when the bloody battles are over.
I've toured the Cairo Museum and seen the relics and priceless treasures. Inspired, I wrote my novels twenty years later. Liliha, in Still Rock Water, wears an ancient star moonstone ring which sends her on visionary journeys. Here's an excerpt from the time she lost the ring and went to the British museum to claim it back.
She took a shuddering breath. “Yes. That's it. I recognize the cuts on the side.” She reached out.
The older man slid the package back toward him. “This ring has a very special history. Let me tell you the story.”
He spread out several sheets of paper. “At the beginning of the New Kingdom in Egypt, the ring belonged to the first God's Wife of Amun.”
“Oh ... it comes from Egypt then.” Mind churning, Liliha pressed her back against the wooden seat. Her whole life had led to this event.
“There's no doubt about it. The king, Ahmose, gave the title to his queen: Ahmose Nefertari. She passed it on to her daughter who never married. Afterwards, each priestess adopted her successor for the role of The God's Wife.”
“Wow, was my ring part of all that history?” With a hammering heart, she shifted position. Would she ever get such an ancient item back? “What did the princess do?”
“We don't know the exact details of her role, but part of her function was to carry out ritual actions before the God, including shaking of the sacred rattle. The purpose seemed to be to keep him alert, so he would maintain and protect the created world.”