Mariette to the Rescue

Today, a museum is one of the best ways to preserve artifacts and history. And it is thanks to August Mariette and the ordinance passed in August of 1854 that much of Ancient Egyptian culture and history is around to be seen. Before this, expeditions sold what they could to private collectors or kept their finds to themselves. The Egyptian Museum was established in 1835 to assure that antiquities would have a home. Since that time, it has been constantly growing. And it’s not just a place for antiquities to be put on display or in storage, within its walls is held a great since of Egyptian pride in its culture.

This brings me to the importance of museums as a general principle. Museums are places for people to take an adventure, learn something new, appreciate even more what they already know, and even to have fun. As an entity, a museum must change and follow the flow of time. Egypt is doing just that with the construction of its new museum at Giza.

Under construction right now, is a new museum in Egypt known as the Grand Egyptian Museum. It’s architecture is on the opposite end of the spectrum compared to the Cairo Museum (reminds me of the new Broad Arts Museum at MSU). It is curious to wonder what Egyptians think about this new museum and its VERY modern architecture? Do they see it as offensive, being as it’s a museum for ANCIENT Egypt? It just doesn’t seem like it meshes well with the lay of the land. Or perhaps it is an exciting change.

An idea struck me that something really amazing would be for there to exist a reconstruction of the inside of a pyramid (if it doesn’t already have that) because not just anyone is allowed inside them. It would be like a “real live” museum.