Ministry of Antiquities announces that entry to all of Egypt's archaeological areas and museums will be free on Monday in honour of World Heritage Day.
In honour of the World Heritage Day, all of Egypt’s archaeological areas and museums will be free on Monday, April 18th for all Egyptians and residents. Operating under the slogan “Know your country through your heritage,” the Ministry of Antiquities is organising several activities and cultural events across Egypt’s archaeological sites. “The sites will open for free during official working hours. The decision is not only to celebrate the World Heritage Day, but also to encourage tourists to visit these unrivaled sites,” explained Antiquities Minister Khaled Al Anany. Furthermore, he believes it will motivate and encourage Egyptians to learn more about their ancestors and history.
Egypt is home to seven world heritage sites, including The Abu Mena Monastery, Historic Cairo, the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshour, the Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae, Memphis and its Necropolis, the Saint Catherine area in the Sinai Peninsula, and Ancient Thebes (modern Luxor). One of the most famous areas is the Valley of the Whales (Wadi al-Hitan), located 135 kilometres south-west of Cairo in Fayoum, where hundreds of fossils of whales can be found.