Arts & Culture

Cairo’s Historic Islamic Art Museum Reopens Two Years After Terror Attack

Cairo’s Historic Islamic Art Museum Reopens Two Years After Terror Attack

Entrance of the Islamic Art Museum in Cairo after it was damaged by a large explosion in 2014
Entrance of the Islamic Art Museum in Cairo after it was damaged by a large explosion in 2014

Two years after being “completely destroyed” in a downtown Cairo terrorist attack, Egypt’s historic Islamic Art Museum is set to reopen to the public on Friday free of charge.

The Museum’s reopening was officially inaugurated by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and other top government officials on Wednesday.

According to Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany, visitors will be able to access the museum free of charge between 20 January and 28 January 2017. The Minister added that the Museum’s layout and collection has been improved and slightly changed to accommodate to all visitors.

During the reopening, President Sisi condemned the terrorist act that damaged the museum and called for greater preservation of antiquities and art.

The Museum suffered great damage in January 2014 after a car bomb exploded outside the Museum and the Cairo Security Directorate, killing five and injuring more than 80. At the time of the attack, the damage was reported to be in the tens of millions of dollars.

Egypt’s government has received several grants and donations from across the world to help in restoring the museum.

The Museum houses one of the most extensive and important collections of Islamic art in the world. The Museum displays priceless Islamic art work from all periods of Islamic history, including one of the rarest copies of the Quran.

Words Say We Are Here: Mona Eltahawy’s Cry For Ending Women's Inequality
Open Heart: The Story of an Egyptian Filmmaker Diagnosed with Congenital Heart Defects

Subscribe to our newsletter


Arts & Culture

More in Arts & Culture

Biggest Saff Tomb Discovered in Luxor

Egyptian StreetsApril 19, 2019

MAAT Contemporary Dance Company to Begin “The Platform” 3rd Edition This Saturday

Mirna El SaiedApril 12, 2019

Holy Family Trail in Egypt: Five Sites Under Development Program

Egyptian StreetsApril 9, 2019

Discovery Channel to Open Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagus LIVE on TV

Egyptian StreetsApril 7, 2019

Egypt’s Modern Dance Company Performs the Genius of Zaha Hadid’s Art in France

Mirna AbdulaalApril 2, 2019

Retaining Detailed Reliefs, Fifth Dynasty Tomb Uncovered in Saqqara

Egyptian StreetsApril 2, 2019

‘Capernaum’ Review- The Boy Who Sued His Parents for Being Alive

Nour EltiganiMarch 28, 2019

3rd Edition of “Middle East Fashion Festival” Kicks Off Thursday

Mirna El SaiedMarch 27, 2019
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.