CAIRO – 1 July 2021: The Malawi Archaeological Museum is one of the most prominent archaeological facilities in Minya Governorate.
It was inaugurated on June 23, 1962 in Minya during the era of the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser. It was closed after being vandalized and looted in August 2013 by the terrorist Brotherhood.
However, the state Egyptian state during the tenure of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was able to bring it back to life.
Prior to the looting and destruction of the museum in 2013, it contained approximately 1092 artifacts from different historical eras.
The result of that attack was the destruction of 50 pieces as a result of the violence that followed the dispersal of the Rab'a and al-Nahda sit-ins, and that aimed to destroy the Egyptian civilization.
The archaeologist Sameh Ahmed Abdel Hafeez, an employee at the museum, was martyred while carrying out his work during the attack on the museum in 2013.
The Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities undertook work in full swing to bring the pieces back to life. The relics were transferred to the museum store in Ashmonin, and the processes of re-sorting the remains, pottery fragments and other monuments of stone, marble, wood and plaster began.
After 3 years, specifically on September 22, 2016, the museum was opened again, which is considered a victory for the Egyptian state over chaos and terrorism.
The process of restoring the museum cost the state LE 11 million, where were distributed among Al-Minya governorate, which provided LE 7.15 million of the governorate's funds. That is in addition to an Italian grant worth LE 4 million in the form of show-cases for the museum within the framework of the debt swap project.
The display scenario inside the museum has been changed to start with a statue of the family, which is the pillar of society. A total of 944 pieces are displayed in the museum.