Founded in 1892, the graeco—Roman Museum of Alexandria has already cele­brated its centenary. Its vast collection, gathered together over these hundred years, is the product of donations from wealthy Alexandrians as well as of excavations led by successive directors of the institution, both within the town and in its environs.


A close cooperation was established since 1992 between the SCA, Supreme Council of Antiquities and IDSC, the Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center aiming a documentation project of all monuments and archaeological sites in Egypt. Specialists from both sides joined their mutual efforts and a group of specialists in networks and information systems with archaeological researchers.

 


The Ancient
Egyptian Arts-such as Music, Singing, and Dancing- are connected strongly to the daily life of the Ancient Egyptians. According to the vitality and the importance of the role which these arts play in the performance of the cults and the rituals; it gained the sacredness of the temple and the respect of clergy men and the priests, so it occupied a very important part in the religious and daily life of the ancient Egyptian society.


The Museum is located in an area of great historical importance within the precinct of the Babylon Fort, one of the remaining monuments referred to the Roman period. Lying over 8000 square meters, buildings and garden included, the Museum has been renovated with the two annexes the ancient and modern aisles and opened for visits in 1984 AD.
The objects displayed rise up to 16000 pieces approximately, arranged as possible in chronological order in 12 different sections. The display had been set according to scientific measures.


The ground, first and second floors of the palace are used as the museum’s gallery; the basement houses the administrative offices, the Library, the Information Centre and a big lecture theatre.The palace was the residence of Mohammed Khalil’s family and the seat of his invaluable art collection until 1960. In accordance with the will drawn up by the wife of Mohammed Mahmoud Khalil the palace was inaugurated as a museum on 23rd July 1962 bearing the name of Mohammed Mahmoud Khalil and his wife Emiline Lock.


The museum contains the furniture of Ahmed Shawky’s House ( Shawky’s bedroom, His office, His wife’s bedroom, The saloon and the poet’s library which includes 335 books. Also the museum includes 713 papers containing drafts for shawkys’ poems in his handwriting. The museum shows also all the prizes which were given to the poet in different occasions. Also The museum includes his uniform,photographs,statues for him, his family and friends.


Manuscripts are considered to be one of the basis of Arabic Culture and heritage. It gives a big hand in building human civilization. These treasures were spread among lare number of libraries all over the world. As aresult of that, researchers were very tired to get benefit of these manuscripts. For this reason IDSC decides to make a huge database including 132000 manuscripts for these treasures to be showed on local net and on internet.