Free entry to antiquities museums on the 18th of May for Egyptians

Nevine El-Aref , Friday 17 May 2024

In celebration of International Museum Day (IMD) on 18 May, entry to all antiquities museums across the country under the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) will free to Egyptian visitors.

Antiquities Museums


Under the theme "Museums for Education and Research,” this year’s IMD will push for a more conscious, sustainable and inclusive world.

Egyptian visitors will also be able to participate in free guided tours to learn more about each museum and its treasured archaeological collections.

SCA Secretary General Mohamed Khaled explained that the initiative aligns with the strategy of the Egyptian museums sector to participate in all local and international heritage and cultural events, as part of its plan to raise archaeological, cultural, and touristic awareness across Egyptian society.

Moamen Osman, the head of the Museums Sector at the SCA, highlighted that all archaeological museums in Egypt are organizing special archaeological and artistic exhibitions and a wide range of activities and events such as guided tours, cultural and archaeological seminars, educational and artistic workshops catering to visitors of diverse social backgrounds and age groups.

The primary goal is to introduce them to the ancient Egyptian civilization.

“These efforts align with the museums' roles as cultural, social, educational, and awareness-raising institutions,” he pointed out.

Each year since 1977, the International Council of Museums has organized IMD to raise awareness that: “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples,” according to the IMD’s website.

The occasion’s events and activities can last a day, a weekend or an entire week.

Last year, more than 37,000 museums participated in the event in about 158 countries and territories.

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