CAIRO: Egypt on Tuesday inaugurated two new museums in two terminals of the Cairo International Airport.
“On the occasion of International Museum Day, which falls on May 18 every year, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Ministry of Civil Aviation have inaugurated two new museums at the Cairo International airport,” said Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anany.
The museum in Terminal 2 displays 304 artifacts in an area of 100 square meters, while the other in Terminal 3 houses 59 exhibits, the minister said.
The two museums display an extensive collection spanning nearly all eras of Egyptian civilization.
Al-Anany said: “It will be very interesting for tourists departing from Cairo and those who transfer at the airport to see Egyptian civilization and antiquities.
“In the two museums, new attractions and distinctive services are provided inside the airport for travelers...who have not had the opportunity to visit Egypt and its tourist and archaeological sites.”
He said the two museums contribute to achieving one of the strategic objectives of the ministry’s sustainable development plan. The plan aims to raise the competitiveness of Egypt’s tourist destinations by enhancing marketing and promotion activities to attract the largest possible number of tourists.
Al-Anany said there will be no entrance fees at the museums.
Minister of Civil Aviation Mohammed Manar said that Egyptian airports are the country’s first gateway to the world and that having museums at airports will soon become the norm at other Egyptian airports.
According to a statement, the pieces at the museums reflect the ancient Egyptians’ interest in the otherworld and highlight the artistic features of the ancient Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Coptic and Islamic cultures.
Egypt has been working hard to preserve its rich archaeological treasures and historical heritage, which significantly contribute to its tourism industry.