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Gamal Abdel Nasser museum to open in 2015

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Ministry of Culture to convert former president’s residence into museum displaying furniture, military awards and draft speeches

The Ministry of Culture will convert former President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s former house into a museum that will be completed by 2015, according to a ministry statement.

The museum will be constructed in Abdel Nasser’s house during the 1952 revolution, Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour said during a visit to the house last week.

Located in Manshiat Al Bakry in Heliopolis, the museum will recount Abdel Nasser’s life, including his military service and his contributions to Egyptian history. Asfour said the museum will tell the story of the “formation of our national history.”

Egypt’s second president, Abdel Nasser led the country during the 1952 revolution, which ended with the monarchy’s abdication and established a new government in Egypt. Among his main achievements were the nationalisation of the Suez Canal and building the High Dam at Aswan.

The museum will showcase Abdel Nasser’s personal belongings, including the medallions that he received during his military service, home furniture, and draft speeches and official letters.

Abdel Nasser’s children, Hoda and Abdel Hakim, are helping to establish and renovate the museum, according to state run Al-Ahram.

The museum will be the second dedicated to Abdel Nasser’s memory. The other, the Gamal Abdel Nasser Museum in the pharaonic village in Cairo, holds over 170 rare pictures of the former president. It also displays the speeches Abdel Nasser gave when he nationalised the Suez Canal and at his stepping down in 1967.


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