It’s been 18 years since the doors were closed, but Egypt’s Tanta Museum is set to reopen in August this year after a lengthy restoration.
The Ministry of Antiquities said the museum, which exhibits thousands of artefacts from the Pharaonic, Roman and Greek eras, is nearing a grand reopening, following structural enhancements and renovation work.
English-language magazine Egypt Today said the five-storey building in Tanta, located 90km north of Cairo, has had two new showcases installed while other displays have been redesigned ahead of the unveiling.
The ministry also revealed that 99% of the building’s renovation work has been completed.
Restoration of Tanta Museum is part of the government’s nationwide initiative to restore and reopen closed museums and places of interest. This will help Egypt unlock its archaeological treasure trove, in a move designed to increase tourism and strengthen the economy.
As part of the policy to restore former sites, the 1960s Al Alamein Hotel has been reopened after an eight-month restoration and redesign carried out by boutique practice H2R Design.