Egypt prepares to welcome new visitors with the opening of the new Grand Egyptian Museum later this year. In 2013 I visited Egypt with my family. Tourists were slow to return after the Arab Spring (which proved to be a fantastic time for us to travel without the crowds). At 3:00pm on a Saturday afternoon, we found ourselves standing alone in the middle of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. It should have been packed with visitors, but it was empty. And without all the visitors, you could tell that the museum was cramped and overflowing with ancient artifacts.