Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Anany announced on Friday launching a new museum in Hurghada governorate, according to a press release issued by the ministry.
The announcement was made at the inauguration of a sculpture exhibition that marked the end of the International Sculpture Symposium in Hurghada. The symposium was attended by Ahmed Abdullah, governor of the Red Sea governorate.
The museum will be both funded and administered by the government. Abdullah revealed that a governorate-affiliate building will be renovated and furnished with all the necessary furniture and fixtures, turning it into a museum.
The museum’s opening date is yet to be announced. Similarly, the artefacts that will be displayed have not been revealed yet.
For her part, Elham Salah, head of the museums sector at the ministry, said the museum is an outcome of the cooperation between the ministry and the governorate, adding that it is part of a protocol the ministry adopted in conjunction with different governmental and private institutions to establish different museums in several governorates.
Salah also added that the ministry is going through all the legal procedures necessary for the construction of the museum, revealing that the ministry usually receives offers from different organisations for opening up museums. The one submitted by Red Sea governorate was one of the best offers.
The decision was announced in the presence of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem along with several parliament members who were celebrating Hurghada National Day and witnessed the opening of the sculpture exhibition.
This exhibition marked the closing event of International Sculpture Symposium where various works by 37 amazing Egyptian sculptors and international artists, from France, Italy, Germany, England, and Iraq, were showcased.