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Egypt to Build an Archaeological Museum in New Administrative Capital

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Egypt to Build an Archaeological Museum in New Administrative Capital
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Kareem Sheta

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Last week, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly met for the first time with the committee in charge of the inauguration ceremony plans for the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), which is 88% complete and scheduled to open in 2020, according to Egypt Independent. However, that’s not the only museum receiving attention. Just a few days ago, Egypt Today stated that an archaeological museum in the New Administrative Capital (NAC) is scheduled to be opened in the upcoming months to tell the history behind Egyptian capitals from prehistoric eras to modern times.

A cooperation protocol was signed on August 27th between the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and Almasa Group at Almasa Hotel in downtown Cairo. Minister of Antiquities, Khaled al-Anani, stated, “The protocol provides the Ministry of Antiquities’ collection of artefacts to the museum of the New Administrative Capital for a period of 10 years, which is renewable. The profits will be shared by the ministry and Almasa Group.” 

Ahram Online adds that the new museum, expected to be completed in 2019, will memorialise the history of Egyptian capitals, such as Memphis, MitRahina, Thebes, Tel Al-Amarna in Luxor, Alexandria, Fustat, and Cairo. It will also explore the reign of the Mohamed Ali dynasty and the establishment of Khedival Cairo through the stories of the country’s capital cities.

The location of the major project is in the City of Arts and Culture, said to be the largest of its kind in the world, on an area of 8500 square metres that consists of two floors, including a main exhibition hall and sub-galleries. The Supreme Council of Antiquities will also be in charge of supervising the museum’s antiquities, selecting the artefacts to be displayed, preparing the design of the showcases, and providing full security of the artefacts. 

“The Museum of Antiquities in the City of Arts and Culture will feature a thousand artefacts that tell the history of Egypt through different historical eras. Its entrance is decorated with two Egyptian obelisks, which were brought from the eastern San Hajar area in Sharqiya. It will also house the newly discovered Toto cemetery, which was recently dismantled and relocated from Sohag to the Administrative Capital Museum,” said Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri.

It’s such an innovative idea as each city gets its fair share in recognition and appreciation over a span of decades that some people know nothing about. It’s time to get educated!