CAIRO – 20 May 2021: Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem thanked Minister of Communications Amr Talaat after the National Post Authority issued a commemorative stamp for the Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum, on the occasion of World Heritage Day.
Abdel Dayem said that issuing the stamp confirms the value of the museum as one of the most important specialized sites in the world which includes rare art collections that represent an aspect of the innovations of modern human civilization.
She further noted the ministry’s happiness with reopening the museum after a 10-year closure, following the development of its display scenario to suit its valuable possessions.
Abdel-Dayem added that the issuance of the stamp comes within the framework of the fruitful cooperation between the ministries of culture and communications. It was decided to place a group of the stamps among the exhibits in the museum.
The museum was closed in 2010 and development work began in 2014.
Founded by Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil, the museum housed high-value art collections. Before passing away in 1953, Khalil had granted these objects to his wife to give them and the palace to the Egyptian government after her death, to be used for cultural purposes.
The palace opened as a museum for the first time in 1962. It was then transferred to Prince Amr Ibrahim's palace in Zamalek in 1971, and then reopened in Zamalek in 1979.
The museum's holdings include a rare collection of Japanese-style Enro cases, which occupy the ground floor of the museum, along with the first and second floors, while the administration, library, information center and a large hall for research discussion occupy the basement.