CAIRO – 20 June 2021: The Royal Carriages Museum in Cairo is one of the rarest museums. It is the fourth of its kind in the world after the museums of Russia, England and Austria.
It was established during the reign of Khedive Ismail (1863-1879), but it stopped operating completely after the year 2001.
During the tenure of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the state managed to restore the museum and reopen it.
The museum’s restoration project began in 2001 and came to a halt several years ago. The restoration work was launched again in the museum in 2017 after it was suffering from great neglect. The cost of restoration amounts to about LE 63 million.
The museum’s development works included building rehabilitation, structural reinforcement, facade restoration, architectural finishes, as well as equipping and preparing the exhibition halls.
The museum was also provided with a visual exhibition hall to screen documentary films on royal vehicles. Also, a new exhibition scenario was set inside the museum's five halls shedding light on all the unique artifacts the museum houses.
A restoration laboratory with the latest scientific equipment was established inside the museum.
The five main halls in the museum include the Antikkhana Hall, which will display vehicles and chariots gifted to the Alawite family on various occasions; the Reception Hall, which has a screen to display documentaries on the time of the Alawite family; the Gamallon Hall, which displays the rarest types of vehicles; the Royal Events Hall which includes a group of chariots that were used by members of the Alawite family on official occasions in addition to oil paintings of kings, queens, princesses and princes of the Alawite Family; and last but not least, The Hosan Hall, which includes a group of costumes that were used by employees of the royal vehicles and chariots.