A new path tailor made for visually impaired was inaugurated in Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on June 20 - Egypt Today.
CAIRO – 21 June – 2019: A new path tailor made for visually impaired was inaugurated in Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on June 20.
The newly inaugurated path which was opened by Egypt's Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany, Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat, Sports and Youth Minister Ashraf Sobhy, and 16 foreign ambassadors and was developed as part of the Vivere all’ Italiana programme by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair.
The visually impaired path was made by the Archaeological Centre of the Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo ,the Egyptian Museum and the Museo Tattile Statale Omero in Ancona.
The main aim behind this itinerary is to enable people with disabilities to visit Egyptian museums and make them benefit from such visit. Egyptian Museum is first but will not be the last as this initiative will be applied in other museums in the future.
The itinerary houses 12 masterpieces of Egyptian art from ancient Egyptian heritage. Every object is made of purely Egyptian stones such as granite and greywacke with labels in Braille and electronic audio devices.
The itinerary contains the Narmer Palette, the triad of king Menkaure, and the Sphinx of King Amenemhat III.
The Ministry of Antiquities announced on June 16 the launch of the development works of the Egyptian Museum.
The declaration included signing a protocol of cooperation, with the aim of submitting it to the UNESCO, to put the Egyptian Museum on the World Heritage List.
The development project, which will last for 3 years, is the first phase of a large project that includes major developments in the Egyptian Museum, with the alliance of five European museums: the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy; the Louvre Museum in France; the British Museum in England; the Berlin Museum in Germany; the Leiden Museum in Holland, and with the support of the European Union.
The development plan includes the development of the museum entrance, and the development of the ground floor show halls.
Also, wall paints will be changed and the lighting circuit will be developed. In addition, maintenance of displays -in terms of modernizing the paints and technically maintaining them- is part of the development plan, where at least 200 pieces will be displayed.
The plan will also include the development of all museum aspects in terms of the museum display of artifacts.
Furthermore, restoration of monuments, development of explanatory cards, insurance, lighting, floors and paints will be part of the development plan. The museum’s master plan, including the museum's vision and future mission will also be developed.
Management of the museum group, community communication, museum education, the development of the archives department, the library and the re-presentation of the treasures of the royal tombs discovered in Tanis in Sharqia will also come as part of the massive development plan of the museum.