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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Re-Opening, Minya: Upper Egypt's Malawi Museum to Reopen Thursday
Malawi Archaeological Museum in Minya is to be officially reopened on Thursday
by Minister of Antiquities after three years of rehabilitation work. Written
By/ Nevine El-Aref.
One of The Museum Collection
Malawi Archaeological Museum in the Upper Egyptian city of Minya has been a
hive of activity over recent weeks, with curators, restorers and exhibition
design specialists all busy at work to meet the museum’s scheduled re-opening
are cleaning the dust from gigantic colossi, and curators are placing labels at
the foot of artefacts as others install descriptive panels beside showcases.
Restorers are on the scene inspecting the condition of every object.
after three years of rehabilitation work the Malawi Museum is in the limelight
again, with a little twist,” head of the Museums Department at the Ministry of
Antiquities Elham Salah said.
said the two-storey museum building had been overhauled and its indoor
decoration and design renewed. The first floor was formerly dedicated to
displaying the museum’s treasured collection and the second floor for
Curator Organising Artifacts in Showcases
the new design concept of the museum no longer depended on placing artefacts
next to each other to illustrate ancient Egyptian civilisation, she said.
Instead, it provided a broader educational service to visitors and sent out
messages that would raise archaeological awareness and loyalty towards Egypt.
informed Egyptian visitors about how their ancestors had built such a great
civilisation through showing daily life, industries and culture, she said.
is a new philosophy that the ministry of antiquities is adopting in order to
turn the country’s regional museums into more educational, cultural and
productive institutions,” Salah said, adding that the idea was for these
museums to help educate people about culture, religions and politics.
regional museums had sometimes not fulfilled their true potential because they
had often displayed objects without a thematic storyline. This had meant that
they had not always attracted their fair share of visitors.
regional museum should reflect the city or town in which it is located,” Salah
said, explaining that in the new Malawi Museum, for example, the exhibition
design provided clear information about the history of Malawi and Minya and the
role these had played in Egyptian civilisation.
museum has a permanent exhibition of 425 artefacts, some of them from its
former collection while the rest have been carefully selected from the
Al-Ashmounein and Al-Bahnasa storerooms in the Minya Museum.
exhibition is divided into sections displaying Minya residents’ daily lives in
ancient times and the utensils they used in their houses for cooking as well as
the tools they used to make goods and those used for cultivation and trading.
museum has sections on clay pots and pans, textiles, medicines and writing
styles. Panels explaining the development of tools in the area are on display,
as is information on how the ancient Egyptians used natural and artificial
is on display in one section of the new museum, shown through a display of
make-up containers, wigs, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
Egyptian religious rituals are highlighted in the new museum, since Minya was a
main centre of the monotheistic religion introduced by the pharaoh Akhenaten in
ancient times. A
collection of mummified animals is also on display to show visitors that the
ancient Egyptians not only worshipped animals but were also very fond of them…..READ MORE.