The discovery of archaeological artifacts during the construction of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, lead to the idea of creating a museum space to host these important finds. Later on the museum concept was developed to include a much wider archaeological collection dating to the four major eras of the Egyptian civilization (ancient Egypt, Greco-Roman, Coptic & Islamic).
Shaboury & Associates carried out the development of the project. The main challenge was how to transform a space originally designed for educational purposes into a museum gallery up to the highest standards. Major spatial modification were implemented to create a one-way circulation itinerary, cladding and partitions where added to control the natural light coming from the central court. The scope of work included the design of display cases, lighting, graphical panels, display accessories & technicalities and the installation of the artifacts.