The official inauguration of Mallawi Museum
Minister Of Antiquities Dr. Khaled El-Enany opened today the Mallawi Museum in Al-Minya Governorate with the attendance of Essam Bedewi, Al-Minya Governer and a number of foreign ambassadors and heads of foreign archaeological institutes, as well as a number of foreign and Egyptian Archaeologists .
Dr. El-Enany said that after three years of hard work of restoration the Mallawi Museum is back on Egypt's tourist map and its re-opening today is a step highlighting the challenge that the government has faced in its battle against terrorism and the ministry's efforts to preserve and protect Egypt's cultural and archaeological heritage.
Elham Salah, Head of the Museums Sector explained that the restoration and rehabilitation project of the museum has started in 2013 after launching the final report of the archaeological committee assigned to determine the damages occurred.
The Mallawi Museum was looted in August 2013 during clashes between supporters of deposed former president Mohamed Morsi and the security forces after the latter broke up the sit-ins in the Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda Squares in Cairo in 2013.
Some 1,049 of the museum's 1,089 artefacts were reported missing while artifacts that were too heavy for vandals to carry away were damaged in situ as well as all the museum's showcases.
The majority of the artifacts were recovered after being handed in by Malawi residents or left at the museum's gates after the ministry declared an amnesty on the return of any looted artifacts.
Salah added that the two-storey museum building had been overhauled and its indoor decoration and design renewed. The new design concept of the museum provides a broader educational service to visitors to send out messages that would raise archaeological awareness and loyalty towards Egypt. It informed Egyptian visitors about how their ancestors had built such a great civilisation through showing Al-Minya residents' daily lives in ancient times, industries, handicrafts and culture.
Waadallah Abul-Ezz, Head of the Projects Sector pointed out that the restoration of the museum had cost around LE10 million provided by the ministry, the Al-Minya governorate and the Italian government within the framework of the Italian Egyptian debt exchanging program.
The building, he said, had been completely renovated, changed from being a mostly outdoor museum to indoor exhibition halls. A new lighting and security system had been installed and walls cleaned and polished and damaged showcases had been replaced with new ones.