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Minya's Aten Museum Will Finally Open After 20 Years of Development

The museum is not only an ode to the ancient sun god, Aten, but also to the city of Minya, which was once the capital of Egypt.

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Minya's Aten Museum Will Finally Open After 20 Years of Development


Despite its prolonged and continued construction since 2002, the Aten Museum is already considered a landmark in the Upper Egypt governorate of Minya, drawing plenty of admiration with its dramatic, deconstructed architecture. Now, after overlooking the Nile river for nearly two decades, the museum is finally expected to open in the first half of 2023.


The museum’s location pays tribute to the ancient history and culture of Minya, a city that was once the capital of Egypt. At around 11,500 square metres, the structure is the third largest archeological museum in Egypt after the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation in Old Cairo and the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza.


Dedicated to the 18th dynasty king Akhenaten, the museum will showcase the history of the ancient Egyptian ruler and the city he built with a monotheistic philosophy that aimed to unite the gods of ancient Egypt under one sun god, Aten. 


The indoor area displays large collections of artefacts that document Minya’s ancient history, while the outdoor area was designed to accommodate not only an incredible amount of artefacts, but also outdoor exhibitions and theatres, along with a massive 650-metre pedestrian walkway along the Nile corniche.



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