CAIRO – 8 July 2021: In preparation for its imminent opening, the work team at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir is working on completing the final preparations for the outlet for selling archaeological reproductions.
This will be the second outlet of Konouz Company after the first outlet was opened in April 2021 at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat.
Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri explained that the opening of this outlet comes within the framework of the strategy of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities for sustainable development, and enhances the benefit of the ancient civilizational and archaeological heritage that abounds and characterizes the Egyptian state in a way that meets the tourism and economic needs with positive and unique cultural returns.
These outlets also develop the material resources of the ministry and thus increase the national income, on the basis of which the first archaeological replicas factory was established in Egypt in cooperation with the “Konouz Masr Archaeological Models” company, which the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enani inaugurated last March.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Konouz Masr for Archaeological Models Hisham Shaarawy said that this outlet was established at the exit corridor of the museum, to be a stop point for all visitors after completing their archaeological tour, noting that the outlet’s working hours will be the same as the museum’s working hours.
He added that according to the established plan, additional official outlets will be opened in all governorates, museums and markets in the near future, which will contribute to encouraging the Egyptian industry.
It is worth mentioning that the archaeological reproductions factory was opened in March 2021 to be the first factory for archaeological replicas in Egypt and the Middle East. Its total area is about 10,000 square meters and it is equipped with the latest specialized machines. The factory operates manual and mechanized production lines for metal casting to produce and raise the effiency of metalwork. This is in addition to a line of wood and carpentry for the production of all woodwork, a line for molds and the required molds for production lines, lines for sculpting, printing, drawing and coloring, and a line for the production of stained glass and T-shirt printing.
Moreover, the factory contains a showroom for the reproductions that are produced there.