Inauguration of two new halls at the Royal Vehicles Museum on the anniversary of its opening

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of the opening of the Royal Vehicles Museum in Bulaq, which falls on October 31 of each year, Moamen Othman, Head of the Museums Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, opened this morning two halls for permanent display, after enriching them with many distinguished artifacts.

Moamen Othman said that the first hall includes a group of antiquities and jewelry belonging to the Alawite family, some of which are displayed for the first time, noting that among the most prominent of these pieces is the kosha of King Farouk and was preserved in the Jewel Palace Museum, and the jewelry of Queen Farida, and a gold tray inlaid with diamonds. Empress Eugenie, oil paintings.

For his part, Ahmed Al-Sabbagh, Director General of the Royal Vehicles Museum, said that the second hall includes a group of distinguished pieces, including a salon dating back to the era of Louis XV, and a group of oil portraits of Muhammad Ali Pasha, Ibrahim Pasha, Khedive Ismail, a bust of Khedive Ismail, and another of King Fouad. , and others.

The celebration also included the opening of an art exhibition that includes a collection of oil pictures from Queen Farida’s works, in addition to the screening of a documentary film about the museum and its holdings, the organization of a series of educational and artistic workshops, and a concert.

The celebration was attended by Dr. Ali Omar, Dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels, Helwan University and Chairman of the Scenario Committee, Dr. Osama Abdel Wareth, member of the Scenario Committee and Director of the Museum of Creativity Center, Dr. Gamal Abdel Rahim, Professor of Islamic and Coptic Antiquities and member of the Standing Committee, Dr. Ahmed Hemida, supervisor of the central administration of regional museums, and Sherif Saeed, Director General of Historical Museums, Prince Abbas Hilmi III, Noble Muhammad Yakan, grandson of Princess Fatima Haider, a number of members of the royal family, and a number of sector leaders.

It is worth noting that the Royal Vehicles Museum is one of the rarest qualitative museums, ranking fifth in the world after the museums of Russia, England, France and Austria. It was built during the reign of Khedive Ismail in 1863 AD as a stable for horses and the preservation of royal chariots.

The museum includes about 425 artifacts, including 46 royal chariots of different sizes and types, 22 chariots considered among the rarest royal chariots of historical value as they were gifts from European countries to former rulers starting from the era of Khedive Ismail until the era of King Farouk I. The museum also includes a collection of jewelry of the upper family portraits, medals, horse kits and their accessories, in addition to the clothes of the passenger service workers whose jobs are related to the carriages.

Among the most prominent pieces on display are a bronze bust of Khedive Ismail wearing an honorary suit, a private chariot, a private chariot donated by Empress Eugenie to Khedive Ismail on the occasion of the opening of the Suez Canal, and the Nishan Muhammad Ali Pasha, which is one of the most important decorations of the Egyptian kingdom.

One of the collectibles

One of the museum's holdings
One of the museum’s holdings

A tour inside the museum
A tour inside the museum

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