Egypt’s Hunting Museum officially reopened on Tuesday after being closed to the public for 10 years.
Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anany attended the inauguration of the museum, which was closed back in 2007 for restorations. The ceremony was attended by several foreign ambassadors and officials from the Antiquities Ministry.
Head of Museums Sector at the ِAntiquities Ministry Elham Salah said during the inauguration ceremony that the reopening of the Hunting Museum, located at Manial Palace, after a 10-year closure reflects the ministry’s eagerness to achieve progress, inaugurate new projects, and develop a number of Egyptian museums to revive tourism sector.
Director of Manial Palace Walaa Al-Deen Badawy said that the museum displays about 1,180 pieces of preserved animals, birds and butterfly skeletons that were collected during the hunting trips of King Farouk and Prince Mohamed Ali. It also includes the skeleton of a camel that was once used to transport the Kaaba cover from Cairo to Mecca.
The history of the museum dates back to 1963. Following the 1952 revolution, the story of the museum started to be a place that included animals and birds that were hunted by the royal family. In 2007, Manial Palace was closed for restorations and was reopened in March 2015 with the exclusion of the Hunting Museum