According to Tourism and Archeology Minister Khalid al-Anani, Saturday marked the historic day of the tourism industry in Egypt, with three major museums opening on the same day.
During the inauguration of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi Museums, Minister Sharm mentioned the El-Sheikh Museum, the Kafr El-Sheikh Museum and the Royal Carriage Museum in Cairo. Together, it will cost about $ 1 billion to set up new museums.
In his speech, al-Anani reviewed state efforts in the museum area, the development of archaeological sites, and the restoration of archaeological activity in Egypt. The minister also presented an action plan for the museums, which opened on Saturday.
Sharm el-Sheikh Museum
Al-Anani said the first museum of antiquities at the Red Sea resort was the Sharm el-Sheikh Museum.
The idea of setting up a 191,000 square meter museum dates back to 1999. Work on the project began in 2003, but was halted during the January 25, 2011 revolution. EGP 812 reopened in 2018 after construction of your museum.
The museum has three halls for performances, as well as an entertainment area and several restaurants, bazaars, traditional handicraft shops, an open-air theater and squares for celebrations and events.
Kafr El-Sheikh Museum
The first museum of antiquities in the ancient Governorate was the Kafr El-Sheikh Museum, the minister said.
The idea for the museum dates back to 1992, when the Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate allocated 6,800 square meters of land inside Zafar Park. It will be used to establish the National Heritage of Cultural Heritage and to promote the heritage of the Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate and the archaeological and cultural understanding of nearby governorates.
Construction of the museum began in 2002, but was halted in 2011 before it could be completed in 2018. This came after the signing of the 2017 Cooperation Protocol between the Ministry of Tourism and Archeology and the Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate in 2017. The cost of the project is EGP 62 m.
The museum has three main exhibition halls that display artifacts from excavations in the Tel al-Farin archeological site, as well as other archeological sites from the Kafr el-Sheikh Governorate.
Royal Carriage Museum
Al Anani spoke about the inauguration of the Royal Carriage Museum’s restoration company development project. It is considered to be one of the oldest quality museums in the world and one of the most important automotive museums in the world.
The idea for the museum came during the reign of Khediv Ismail in the second half of the nineteenth century. During this period, a building was assigned to the Khedivial chariots and horses in Bullock, originally known as the Khedivial Gita section.
During the reign of King Food I, the building was renamed the Administration of the Royal Stables. After the July 1952 revolution, the building was converted into a history museum.
The museum closed in 2002 with a comprehensive restoration development project, but the project was discontinued in 2011. It resumed operations in 2018. With a total EGP price of 63 meters, the museum covers a total area of 6175 square meters and has several halls.
Al-Anani confirmed that work on the three museums had resumed after a long hiatus from 2011 on the instructions of the president. Priority was given to the preservation and restoration of Egyptian antiquities, security and the development and establishment of major and local museums.