Rosetta National Museum in Egypt embarks on restoration journey

Nevine El-Aref , Thursday 26 Oct 2023

After two years of closure, the restoration work of the Rosetta National Museum (previously Arab Killy House) began early this week to regain the 18th-century mansion of the Ottoman governor of Rosetta Arab Killy, its lure and allure.

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The restoration project includes consolidating the house’s walls and ceiling, developing the exhibition scenario, installing new lighting and security systems, and improving the services provided to its visitors to enhance their experience through the archaeological museum’s collection.

Built within the distinguished Islamic architecture that represents the captivating history of Rosetta city (Rashid) in Delta during the Ottoman era, the museum was originally one of the city’s most important, largest, and renowned houses, said Moamen Othman, head of the Museums Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

 It is a three-story museum containing an assortment of artifacts, historical documents, and sculptures that represent the struggle of the people of Rashid and the courageous steadfastness of the city against the colonialists.

It also features objects that reflect daily life in the city and its traditional crafts, as well as manuscripts and a variety of other items that highlight the magnificence of Rashid's glorious history, natural beauty, and its unique place among the rest of Egypt's cities.

The Arab Killy House was selected to be the city’s military museum and inaugurated by President Gamal Abdel-Nasser in 1959, in commemoration of the valiant city’s victory over the Frazer campaign in 1807.

Over the span of time, the house was completely restored several times; the last one was in 2009.

In 2021, the museum was closed to the public to transport all its collections to begin the restoration and development work.

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