Kom Aushim Museum re-opened in Egypt's Fayoum

Nevine El-Aref , Friday 4 Nov 2016

The museum was re-opened by the minister of antiquities after being closed for 10 years

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany re-opened Kom Aushim Museum in the Fayoum governorate, South of Cairo, after it had undergone renovation.

During the event, El-Enany said that the inauguration comes within the framework of the ministry’s plan to reopen closed museums and open new archaeological sites to encourage tourism to the country.

"The museum has on display a collection of 320 artefacts telling the history of Fayoum and the traditions of its inhabitants along the span of history," said Elham Salah, the head of the ministry’s Museums Department.

Some of these artefacts were among the museum's existing collection while others are being exhibited for the first time and come from the galleries of the Kom Aushim archaeological sites and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Waadallah Abul-Ela, head of the ministry’s Projects Department, said that the restoration project cost EGP 650,000 and was paid for by the ministry.

The restoration includes the installation of new security and lighting systems, the replacing of old showcases, raising the museum’s external iron fence by three metres and the building of new control towers.

The museum's facade and walls were also polished.

The museum was built at the entrance of Karanis town in 1974 to relate the history of Fayoum governorate. In 1993, a new floor was added to the museum, though in 2006 it was closed for restoration. 

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