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Crocodile museum to open in Aswan, Egypt


The first “Museum of Crocodiles” will open this month in front of the Temple of Kom Ombo in Aswan, a busy tourist area on the East bank of the Nile, southern Egypt.


Forty mummified crocodiles of ranging in size from 1.5m long to almost of five metres long will be exhibited, according to Egypt’s tourism authority.

The museum, which is opening in time for Aswan’s National Day in January, will also feature statues of Sobek, known by Ancient Egyptians as ‘the crocodile god’.


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Tourist groups increased to Egyptian Museum in Cairo

Tourist groups increased to Egyptian Museum

Tourist groups increased to Egyptian Museum

Head of the Egyptian Museum Tarek al-Awadi said the number of tourist groups visiting the museum increased at the beginning of the current week when there was more stability and calm around Tahrir Square area.

Al-Awadi said the number of visitors to the Egyptian Museum decreased last week during the Egyptian parliamentary elections.

“There were 1,591 visitors in the museum on December 3, including 1,045 foreign tourists and 546 Egyptians,” al-Awadi said. He wishes the museum witnesses more visitors in the future.

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The Best Seven Ancient Tourist Attractions in Egypt.

“In Upper Egypt, so many people make their living from tourism, they won’t let anything happen to a tourist. It would be like attacking themselves,” Thomas said. “Most Egyptian people are kind and generous and consider you to be their guest in their country. They feel it’s their duty to make you happy.”

Okay, but this is Cairo — 20 million-plus people squished between the Nile and the Egyptian desert — even if everyone I met here, including those seven folks I’d asked directions of during a solo walk from the Cairo Marriott to the Ramses shopping centre, Tahrir Square and Egyptian Museum were helpful.

If you’re hesitant taking that once in a lifetime trip to Egypt, don’t be. Eight months after the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarek, life in Egypt — jewel of the Nile and spell-binding North Africa — is pretty much back to normal. There have been two deadly confrontations between protesters and the army since, but both incidents were localized and none involved visitors to the country.

Egypt is quite likely the safest country in the Middle East and Africa. Tourism also is the country’s second-most important industry (next to the Suez canal).

Five million visitors arrived in Egypt in 2010, many lured by the irresistible Red Sea resort towns of Sharm El Sheikh and Hugearta. Others, like myself, came to see the great pyramids of Giza, the temples of Luxor, Valley of the Kings, the Nile, eclectic Aswan, the Sahara desert and so much else this diverse country has to offer. While tourism suffered during the first six months following the revolution, numbers are edging up again slowly.

Egypt is the cradle of civilization — so ancient that centuries before the Greeks invented Zeus, Apollo and Aphrodite, the Pharaohs already had erected gold temples to their gods: Amun (creator), Ra (Sun god) and Isis (goddess of motherhood, magic and fertility).

And, while there are Roman catacombs in Alexandria and Greek ruins in Cairo, the ancient world of the Pharaohs exists only in Egypt.

Here’s what impressed the most:

1. EGYPTIAN MUSEUM: If museum-strolling were a sport, a visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo would equate withscoring a seat to the World Cup soccer final. Nearly 200,000 visitors flocked to the Art Gallery of Ontario a few years ago to view 100 artifacts belonging to the Egyptian Pharaohs. Imagine, then, the drawing power of this overwhelming collection. Built in 1902, this two-storey, 42-room museum contains 120,000 ancient artifacts, including the mummies of 27 pharaohs, their gold thrones, coffins, jewels, art — you name it — plus the massive King Tut collection. While plans are afoot to relocate the museum near the great pyramids of Giza, the move is not imminent.

2. NILE RIVER CRUISE: About 85 million people live in Egypt, most of them in cities and towns hugging the Nile. It has been this way forever, so a river cruise is easily the best and most relaxing way to see historical Egypt. Just don’t expect five-star amenities. We sailed on the Ra 2, a typical flatboat with 75 cabins, a small deck-top swimming pool, one restaurant (buffet) and three bars, with not much in the way of entertainment. But when you’re sailing down the river of the Pharaohs, Cleopatra, Alexander the Great and Napoleon — nursing an Egyptian Stella (beer) — what’s not to like?

3. VALLEY OF THE KINGS — TOMBS: There were at least 63 Pharaohs buried here, in private, multi-roomed tombs, complete with elaborate story-telling murals and hieroglyphic script dating back to 1,700 BC. While grave-robbers emptied the first 62, Tut’s tomb — buried underneath King Ramses VI — wasn’t discovered until 1922 and remained untouched and over-flowing with priceless gold, jewelry and other antiquities, most of it now on display at the Egyptian Museum.

4. ASWAN, HIGH DAM, PHILAE TEMPLE: Located near the Tropic of Cancer, this city of 300,000 is home to the Aswan Dam, an incredible feat of engineering that re-routed the Nile, but flooded Nubian villages and several historic temples, including Philae. Philae was reconstructed block by block while new homes were purchased for the Nubians, many of whom make their living designing exotic, camel-bone jewelry.

5. KARNAK AND LUXOR TEMPLES: Karnak Temple is the largest in the world, as each successive Pharaoh felt obliged to add his own rooms. Karnak was featured in the James Bond classic, The Spy Who Loved Me, and is just down the road from the equally bewitching Temple of Luxor.

6. COPTIC CAIRO DISTRICT: Here, on the banks of the Nile, is where the baby Moses was discovered by the Pharaoh’s daughter; and where Joseph, Mary and Jesus hid out for three-and-a-half years. Cairo, itself, is an acquired taste, but enchanting when lit up at night.

7. THE GREAT PYRAMIDS/SPHINX OF GIZA: Amazing! The pyramids and sphinx are Egypt’s most recognizable symbols and can’t be missed.

Reference: Torontosun

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Egyptian delegation heads to Switzerland to retrieve 4200-year-old tablet

Egyptian delegation heads to Switzerland to retrieve 4200-year-old tablet

An Egyptian archaeological delegation will head this week to Basel, Switzerland, to retrieve an ancient Egyptian tablet from the Basel Museum of Antiquities.

The 4200-year-old tablet is made of limestone and dates back to the Fifth Dynasty (2465- 2323 BC) with hunting scenes and other daily life activities from the Old Kingdom (2649-2134 BC) painted on it. The table is 51 cm high and was being showcased at the Basel Museum of Antiquities.

Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass said the tablet is the second Egyptian archaeological artifact to have been retrieved from abroad following the revolution, after an artifact was retrieved from Mexico a few days ago. Hawass added that there are a number of artifacts which Egypt will retrieve in the near future.

Egypt had previously retrieved the eye of King Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BC) from Switzerland. The eye had been removed from a huge statue of the pharaoh from inside his temple in Kom al-Hitan on Luxor’s west bank.


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Press Release – First artifact to be returned to Egypt since the Revolution

A limestone stele of the Old Kingdom period (c. 2649-2134 BC), depicting a hunting scene from the daily life of its owner, is to be returned to Egypt by the Museum of Basel, Switzerland. The stele is 51 cm high and dates to the 5th Dynasty (c. 2465-2323 BC).

The Museum is returning the artifact to Egypt later this week as part of the repatriation campaign of Dr Zahi Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities (MSA), who, in 2002, when he was still the Secretary General of what was then the Supreme Council of Antiquities, threatened to cut scientific and research ties with any museums, universities or other institutions that held stolen antiquities from the country.

The Museum of Basel has volunteered to return this piece and has already sent back the eye of a colossal quartzite statue of Amenhotep III (c. 1390-1352 BC) found in 1970 at his funerary temple in Kom el-Hettan on the west bank of Luxor. The eye was smuggled out of the country, then loaned to the Museum by a private collector where it was recognized by Egyptologist, Hourig Sourouzian, and returned to the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, in October 2008.

Dr Hawass will shortly be contacting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to arrange for a representative of the MSA to travel to Switzerland and collect the stele. The return of this object is also significant because it is the first artifact to be repatriated to Egypt from abroad since the Revolution.

Dr Hawass stated that the MSA is still continuing to pursue its campaign to repatriate stolen artifacts with determination and perseverance. In response to foreign criticism that the situation in Egypt is not safe enough for objects to be returned, Hawass pointed out that of the many museums in the country, the Egyptian Museum was the only one to suffer during the Revolution. The Museum was protected by a human chain of young people demonstrating in Tahrir Square and the one million tourists who were also in Egypt at the time all left the country safely too.

Hawass argued that if what happened in Cairo – that the police abandoned the streets for 4 hours on January 28, 2011 – had happened in any other city in the world, then there would be chaos, thefts and destruction on an even greater scale. Therefore he is still insisting that artifacts stolen from Egypt should be returned and added that many other pieces are due back soon.

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My visit to the Grand Egyptian Museum

My visit to the Grand Egyptian Museum

I went to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) at Giza on Tuesday to review the progress being made there. It was a very successful trip. I have always dreamed of this museum being Egypt’s answer to New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the best and biggest museum in the world. I saw that its staff are working hard to realize this dream and that it is a successful example of international cooperation.

In 2002 we held an international architecture competition with UNESCO and the International Union of Architects to choose the winning design for the GEM. This new museum was planned from the start to be the biggest museum of Egyptology in the world. Architects from 83 different countries entered the competition with 1557 designs. 20 were short-listed by the committee, but Heneghan Peng Architects from Ireland were unanimously chosen as the winner in July 2003. Joining them is an international team of 300 engineers representing Egypt, Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Austria and Canada.

Building work started in May 2005, concentrating first on a new conservation center, conservation energy center, fire station and an artifact tunnel to allow safe transfer of objects from the conservation center and the main body of the museum. The buildings are 10m below street level for security reasons and to cause the minimum impact on the view of the surrounding desert landscape. In July 2008 work started on the main museum building and museum site. These too have been carefully designed to not be any higher than the Giza plateau, allowing an uninterrupted view of the pyramids. Achieving this involved moving 2.25 million cubic meters of sand, which took 7 months of continuous work!

On Tuesday I listened to presentations given by senior staff members on the state of work. Everything is going well. After the interruption caused by the Revolution, everything is progressing again as planned. I then toured the facilities at the conservation center. They are secure, climate controlled and contain state of the art equipment. I watched the conservators and researchers conserving and studying a number of artifacts, and was very impressed by the young Egyptians there. I spoke to some of them and feel positive that the Museum is drawing on the best talent from here and abroad. I also visited the artifact stores and was pleased to see so many beautiful objects in safe storage ready for future display.

When this amazing project is finished, the Grand Egyptian Museum will be a true gem with its large galleries; study and education center; library; children’s museum and school; recreational areas and play parks; 3D cinema; theatre; arts and craft workshops for adults and children; shops and cafes. The Tutankhamun displays will comprise 30% of the gallery space, around five times as much as can currently be dedicated to them in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. His famous mask will be a final highlight of the visitors’ trip.

I also had a meeting with the directors of what will be the three biggest museums in Egypt; the Egyptian Museum, the GEM and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC). During this meeting, we discussed various issues, including their future cooperation, the importance of allocating unique artifacts fairly between them all, the benefit of having a shared database and joint training of curators. It is my hope that the GEM and the NMEC will be independent with their own museum boards for administrative matters.

Afterwards, I was speaking to members of the press and I made several important announcements, including that we will celebrate the opening of the GEM in March 2015. We will soon be moving the solar boat of Khufu from its current location in a small museum next to the Great Pyramid of Giza to a new, special museum next to the GEM too. A tender for this job will be put out later this month. I also announced that the sales of two statues stolen from Kom el-Khamsin are being investigated, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be returning some artifacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb and my efforts to repatriate the bust of Nefertiti from Berlin will be renewed again very soon.

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Visiting the NMEC

Visiting the NMEC

Last week I made a visit to a new museum we are building in Cairo, the National Museum of Civilization (NMEC). It is located in Old Cairo, and will be an important world-class museum when it is finished.

Dr. Hawass views the roof of the NMEC located in Fustat. (Photo: Jennifer Willoughby)

The construction of this museum will be finished by mid-June 2011, and when the structure is complete we will work on the interior, which will take about a year and a half. We are working on a very limited budget now, but we hope that tourism will increase in Egypt soon and we will be able to push the building project forward and get back on schedule to finish this great museum.

The purpose of this museum is to provide a comprehensive picture of the story of Egypt’s history from the prehistoric period up to the 25th of January revolution this year. A civilization museum such as this does not rely upon masterpieces, instead the focus is on the story. The star of this museum will be the royal mummies, which will be shown for the first time within the context of their whole history, including details about their reign as well as information about the CT scans and DNA studies of family relationships.

Dr. Hawass meets with employees of the MSA. (Photo: Jennifer Willoughby)

In association with the NMEC is a center for training programs which will be finished in one month. The center will train curators for the NMEC and other museums, such as the Grand Egyptian Museum, in museology. When I made my visit last week, I began in the entry area by meeting with senior employees of the MSA in order to discuss concerns about this and other projects. We were able to consider many options, and I feel that we are moving forward together with solutions. After the meeting, we all had a walkthrough of the Museum to view the progress. I have to say, this Museum is looking very good and it will be a very modern educational space. Our tour ended in the basement rooms for meetings, where we watched a brief film about the displays for the NMEC, and then I had a meeting with young people who work for the MSA. These young people come from all areas within the Ministry, and this was a chance to listen to them and their concerns. It was a very productive meeting.

Dr. Hawass views the entrance hall at the NMEC. (Photo: Jennifer Willoughby)

Fustat, the area in which the NMEC is located, is a fascinating area of Cairo, and the Museum provides views of Old Cairo and the pyramids of Giza. Next to the Museum is a beautiful lake. Nearby is another area, which will be separate from the Museum, but will be able to help pay for the maintenance. It will include a big shopping area with a movie theater. We will rent the shopping center to famous store, in order to supplement the income of the museum. I decided at this meeting that the NMEC will not be directly under the Ministry, but should be independent and have full authority over maintenance. The Ministry will oversee the antiquities, but the administration and operation will be independent. The structure of the Museum will be finished soon, and most of the objects for the scenario are chosen, but the most important aspect is the program for training curators that we are starting in conjunction with UNESCO.


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Four Bronze Artifacts Returned

Press Release – Four Bronze Artifacts Returned

Four bronze artifacts have been returned to the Ministry of State for Antiquities. These objects were recovered by the Tourism and Antiquities Police when they caught the criminals with the items, initially believed to have been stolen from the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, in the aftermath of Egypt’s January revolution.

Dr. Zahi Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities, assigned a committee of archaeologists, headed by the director of the Egyptian Museum, Dr. Tarek El-Awadi, to verify the identity and authenticity of the recovered objects.

The artifacts all date to the Late Period of Egyptian history (c. 688-332 BC), and the group is composed of two statues of Osiris, god of the afterlife, and two statues of Harpocrates, who represented the god, Horus, as a child.

El-Awadi has reported that only two of the four recovered objects, one statue of Osiris (37.5 cm tall) and one of Horus (18cm tall), are actually pieces missing from the Egyptian Museum. The committee of archaeologists is now looking into the origin of the other two statues, so that they may also be returned to the site or museum they came from.

These latest recoveries now bring the total number of objects missing from the Egyptian Museum to 31 objects (out of an original total of 54).

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Objects Returned to the Museum

It seems that every week we have some good news here. I was very happy earlier this week when four objects were returned to the Egyptian Museum.

Dr. Tarek El Awady, the Director of the Egyptian Museum, examines the artifacts that were returned. (Photo: Rania Galal)

The people who were caught with antiquities from the Egyptian Museum were sentenced to 15 years in jail and fined heavily. I hope through these strict punishments we will deter people from dealing in antiquities here. It seems that the people who entered the Museum on the night of January 28thknew they could not do anything with these objects. They cannot sell them because no one will buy them, they have been publicized. They also cannot keep them because of the penalties. However, one of them had a conscience, because he took a bag and put it in a metro station, and by accident a person opened the bag and saw artifacts inside. At 9 am I found this person on the steps of my office with the bag. I opened it and was amazed to see these missing objects!

The objects were: a gilded statue of King Tut, the lower part is in the Museum and it will be restored. Also a wooden shabti of Yuya and Tjuya that came back in excellent condition, so we will put it back on display right away.  Another object was a fan that had been damaged, which we will also restore and return to display. The last object is the two pieces of the trumpet, which is also still in good condition.

We are still missing 37 objects from the Egyptian Museum, but I hope that soon we will be able to find them all and return them to the Museum.


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All of Egypt’s archaeological sites reopened !!!

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square


On 20 February 2011, all of Egypt’s archaeological sites and six of its antiquities museums reopened. In my opinion, the most important reopening was that of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. After all the rumors surrounding the vandalism and thefts there I am happy to say that it is now truly safe. A complete inventory is still underway, but for now, it seems that relatively few objects are still missing. This is of course terrible, and we will continue to do everything we can to bring back these pieces as soon as possible; we still hope that they will turn up, as four of the objects that were originally reported as missing have been found already. However, it could have been far worse; all of the museum’s most iconic masterpieces are safe.

Giza Pyramids

Giza Pyramids

Over 1500 Egyptians visited the museum on Sunday; I believe that they wanted to see if I was true to my word. Many brought flowers and made it clear that they wanted international tourists to return. I am glad to report that about 90 foreign tourists from Brazil, Japan, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands came to the museum. Tourists from both Egypt and abroad also visited Giza, Saqqara, and sites in Luxor.

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