Imhotep Museum Reopens After Restoration at Saqqara Necropolis


Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities reopened the Imhotep Museum in Saqqara on Sunday, December 3, 2023 following a 21-month closure for extensive renovations. Minister Ahmed Issa stated that the aim of the EGP 48 million (USD 1.5 million) refurbishment was to enhance the overall visitor experience at the site.  Imhotep, a prominent figure from the Third Dynasty, was renowned as a sage, physician, and astronomer, notably recognized as the architect behind King Djoser’s Step Pyramid at Saqqara.  Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), Mostafa Waziry, highlighted that the renovation also features the addition of newly discovered artifacts from Saqqara by the Egyptian mission. Among these finds are mummified mongoose, crocodiles, and cats from the Bubastion cemetery—a Ptolemaic and Roman temple complex devoted to the goddess of protection, Bastet, nestled in the desert boundary of Saqqara. The project also involves the establishment of cafeterias and bathrooms, along with enhancements to the lighting system. The museum, spanning an area of 1,500 square meters, features six halls showcasing a total of 286 artifacts displayed in 27 showcases. The museum’s first hall features a remarkable painted limestone statue base of…

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