CAIRO: The Royal Jewelry Museum in Alexandria, closed for security reasons in 2011 following the January 25 Revolution, will be reopened to the public Sunday, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty announced on the ministry’s Facebook page Wednesday.
“The museum will be opened to the public for free until the end of October,” said Damaty.
The Royal Jewelry Museum houses 924 pieces of jewelry, medals and other personal belongings of the former Mohamed Ali Dynasty royal family (1805-1952), Antiquities Ministry Museums Sector head Ahmed Sharaf told The Cairo Post Wednesday.
“The museum is housed in a villa that was built in 1923 as a summer palace for the family of Zeinab Fahmi, the wife of a descendant of Mohamed Ali. The two-story villa is known for its exquisite early 20th century European architectural style,” said Sharaf, adding that the building was also later used as a summer palace for King Farouk’s first wife Queen Farida (1921-1988).
It illustrates the evolution of Egypt’s royal lifestyle and dress during the 19th and 20th centuries, he added.
“The museum was inaugurated for the first time in 1986, but was closed for restoration in 2003 before it was reopened again in April 2010. Due to the security lapse following the January 25 Revolution, the museum was closed again in April 2011,” said Sharaf.
In an inspection visit to Alexandria in early July, Damaty examined the proximity sensors of the museum, which have been installed in the museum’s display halls, entrances and storage rooms along with fire safety measures in preparation for its opening.
During the past few weeks, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of museums, archaeological sites and tourist attractions inaugurated and reopened for the public in order to promote Egypt’s ailing tourism sector.
The Suez National Museum and the Hanging Church are among other sites that have been recently reopened, and Damaty has announced other attractions, including the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, will be opened in November.