Preparations are underway to officially inaugurate the Cairo International Airport Museum

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Wed, 25 Nov 2020 - 07:55 GMT

One of the mummies housed in the Cairo International Airport Museum - Photo via Egypt's Min. of Tourism & Antiquities

One of the mummies housed in the Cairo International Airport Museum - Photo via Egypt's Min. of Tourism & Antiquities

CAIRO - 25 November 2020: Head of the Museums Sector at Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities Moamen Othman visited the Cairo International Airport Museum, to see the progress of work in preparation for its opening.

 
Othman explained that work is completed in the galleries of the museum, and artifacts have been placed and distributed inside two display cases according to the museum display scenario, the lighting and labels are now being finalized.
 
 
Cairo International Airport Museum will be opened in Terminal 3 - photo via Egypt
Cairo Int. Airport Museum - Photo via Egypt's Min. of Tourism & Antiquities
 
 
 
 
Othman confirmed that this museum will have an important role as an attraction at the Cairo International Airport for visitors, expatriates and transit travelers.
 
 
He added that the museum is located in a showroom in Terminal 3. He said that this museum has been opened before in 2016 but the ministry decided to expand the museum and change the exhibition gallery into a larger hall in the same terminal and add more pieces to enrich the display, as the museum now contains about 70 artifacts, after it had contained 36 artifacts.
 
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Cairo Int. Airport Museum - Photo via Egypt's Min. of Tourism & Antiquities
 
 
 
Hala Hagag , director general of the Cairo Airport Museum, said that the artifacts were carefully selected by the Supreme Committee for the Museum Display Scenario, from the storages of a number of museums, including the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, the Suez Museum and the Greco-Roman Museum, to reflect the different aspects of the ancient Egyptian civilization; Ancient, Coptic and Islamic Egypt.
 
 
Among the most important pieces on display are two mummies, in good condition, one of them dates back to the Roman era, with a face covered by a gilded mask, decorated with gilded cartonnage and colorful inscriptions.
 
 
The second mummy dates back to the Late Period, and depicts a man in the Osiri position.
 
 
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Cairo Intl. Airport Museum - Photo via Egypt's Min. of Tourism & Antiquities 
 
 
 
That is in addition to a bronze statue of the winged goddess Isis wearing the horns of Hathor with the sun disk between them.
 
 
The pieces also include a group of Canopic jars and some pieces representing the Islamic and Coptic civilizations in Egypt.

 

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