Friends of Egyptian Museums and the Grand Egyptian Museum



Friends of Egyptian Museums and the Grand Egyptian Museum

The International Association of Friends of Egyptian Museums (Les Amis des Musées d’Égypte, AME) was established in 1994 by UNESCO as part of the second International Campaign launched after that of the Rescue of Nubian Monuments and Sites in Egypt, thanks to cooperation between UNESCO, the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the Musée du Louvre. The aim of the association is to represent every museum in the world with a department or collection devoted to the material heritage of Egypt.

In order to preserve, showcase, diffuse, and promote the Egyptian heritage around the globe, the Friends of Egyptian Museums strives to obtain tangible international support for projects conducted in Egypt, based on the sharing of experiences and solidarity, by creating a veritable community of interests between its members, and by mobilising human, technical, and financial resources within foundations and companies.

All these initiatives are complemented by promotional (seminars, conferences, exhibitions, trips, symposiums, etc.) and operational actions (technical assistance, training, equipment, etc.), which enable the association to support projects such as: the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) in Cairo, the Akhenaton Museum in Minya, the Museum of Malawi, and many others; they will also require the mobilisation of additional resources, in order to continue their construction/renovation programmes.

The International Association of Friends of Egyptian Museums is actively supporting the construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Cairo. This exceptional venue will house all of the objects discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb, and consequently the 150 objects displayed in the exhibition Toutânkhamon, le Trésor du Pharaon (“Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh”), which is being held at the Grande Halle de la Villette between 23 March and 15 September 2019.

For further information, please contact: AME (Les Amis des Musées d’Égypte) at UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis 75015 Paris

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