Feature image: Egypt Today
For our avid Cairo 360 readers, please excuse us if we don’t start recapping all the museums that we’ve written about in the past before introducing a new one into the mix. They are too many to remember, which is quite the positive indication about the sheer amount of museums that we have here in the capital; they can definitely give the galleries and exhibitions in the western side of the world a run for their money! Moving on to our piece on the Royal Automobile Museum, housed in one of the most historical sites in Egypt.
Is this the first time you’ve heard of it? Well, up until a few days ago it was new to us as well, so naturally, we started digging for information. Not only did we learn about it, but we also discovered some exciting information from Waed Abul Ela, Head of the Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, who declared in an official statement that the Royal Vehicle Museum will open its doors in September. Egypt Independent stated that the final developments, set to be completed within a month, are currently in progress and the electro-mechanic building elements, including air conditioning and the alarm system, are almost complete.
In terms of location, it’s on the 26th of July Street, covered with geometric patterns and horse head embroidery, displaying the collection of the royal vehicle of Mohammed Ali and his family, including the collection of rare automobiles and horse accessories that belonged to Khedive Ismail, according to Egyptian Streets. At one time. Seventy-eight cars were featured in the museum, including vehicles that were gifted by European countries to the Khedive, as well as a gift by Napoleon III and Queen Eugenie to him, during the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.