The Mallawi Museum
Wednesday، 28 September 2016 11:33 AM
The Mallawi Museum in Al-Minya governorate was reopened on Thursday 22 September 2016.
The museum has a permanent exhibition of 425 artifacts, some of them from its former collection while the rest have been carefully selected from the Al-Ashmounein and Al-Bahnasa storerooms in the Minya Museum.
The exhibition is divided into sections displaying Minya residents’ daily lives in ancient times and the utensils they used in their houses for cooking as well as the tools they used for making goods and those used for cultivation and trading.
The museum has sections on clay pots and pans, textiles, medicines and writing styles. Panels explaining the development of tools in the area are on display, as is information on how the ancient Egyptians used natural and artificial light.
Jewellery are on display in one section of the new museum, shown through a display of make-up containers, wigs, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
Ancient Egyptian religious rituals are highlighted in the new museum, since Minya was a main center of the monotheistic religion introduced by the pharaoh Akhenaten in ancient times.
A collection of mummified animals is also on display to show visitors that the ancient Egyptians not only worshiped animals but were also very fond of them.
Concepts of justice, love and eternity are also illustrated. The funerary collection of Henu, one of the region’s ancient nobles, is on display, for example, reflecting traditions regarding the afterlife in ancient times.
The building had been completely renovated, changed from being a mostly outdoor museum to indoor exhibition halls. A new lighting and security system had been installed and walls cleaned and polished and damaged showcases had been replaced with new ones.
The two-storey museum building has been overhauled and its indoor decoration and design renewed.
The new design concept of the museum provides a broader educational service to visitors. It informs Egyptian visitors about how their ancestors built a great civilization, showing Al-Minya residents' daily lives in ancient times, their industries, handicrafts and culture.