After 15 years of construction, Alexandria's Graeco-Roman Museum - which was first built in 1892 and enjoyed a history as the city's cultural hub - has finally completed its renovations.
First built in 1892, the Graeco-Roman Museum in Alexandria has been in dire need of restoration for years. What was once a cultural hub for Mediterranean scholars and Alexandria residents was closed off and pushed to the sidelines, having much of its artefacts stored away and the building exterior falling into disrepair. During his term in 2005, ex-Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass ordered a redevelopment of the museum, and now - 15 years later - the project is finally complete.
Set to open at the end of 2020, over 50,000 new artefacts will be gracing the halls of the museum in addition to the older ones that have been stored away, including an exhibition showcasing different Egyptian currencies throughout the ages.
All that’s left now is a few exterior lighting fixtures and final presentation elements to be determined by archaeologists at the Supreme Committee of Museums at the end of June. It's true that 2020 has been rough tumble in a lot of ways, but we've got our fingers crossed that renovations like this will help us stick the landing.