First stages for Egypt's new museum completed, including state-of-the-art conservation center

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Egypt's massive new museum for its famous antiquities now has a power plant, a fire station and its own conservation center, and over the next two years it will become home to some 100,000 artifacts, officials said Monday.

A partial opening for the 120-acre museum complex, which will house King Tutankhamun's famed mummy and golden burial effects and a replica of his tomb, is set for the fall of 2012.

Plans for the museum, which will replace the century-old building visited by millions annually in Cairo's heaving downtown, were first conceived in 2002 and it will display more than twice as many artifacts as its predecessor....

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