Egypt’s minister of antiquities and an archaeological delegation embarked on a tour of the under-renovation Greaco-Roman Museum in Alexandria to inspect progress in the project.
According to Hisham Samir, the minister of antiquities’ advisor for projects, the Greaco-Roman Museum renovation project started in 2018 and is planned to be completed by the end of this year.
“So far, 48 percent of the work has been completed,” Samir said, adding that this includes the restoration of the western and eastern façades; the inner walls and 90 percent of the building’s metal frame, as well as the consolidation of the museum’s ground floor, the exhibition halls and the administrative building.
Elam Salah, head of the museums department, said that according to the planned exhibition scenario; the museum will have 30 galleries displaying 20,000 artifacts from the Greaco-Roman period.
The museum will also have a state-of-the-art conservation and research centre as well as a hall for multimedia.
The museum was built in 1892 and was inaugurated by Khedive Abbas Helmy II in 1895 to display Greaco-Roman artefacts discovered at archaeological sites in Alexandria. In 1983, it was registered on Egypt’s heritage list for Islamic, Coptic and Jewish antiquities.