The Inauguration of the First of Its kind in the Middle East Wadi El Hitan Fossil and Climate Change Museum

Jan 14, 2016

Inspired by Nature, the design of the museum mirrors the earth tone colors, textures and shapes of the landscape. UNDP/Gabriel Mikhail

Under the auspices of Prime Minister Engineer Sherif Ismail, Minister of Environment Dr. Khaled Fahmy inaugurates the Wadi El Hitan Fossil and Climate Change Museum on January 14th, 2016 in the presence of Fayoum Governor Mr. Wael Makram, Ambassador of Italy Mr. Maurizio Massari, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Mrs. Anita Nirody.  

The museum is the first of its kind in the Middle East and its uniqueness is in its rare collection of fossils dating back to millions of years ago. It also features a unique architectural design to suit the environment and nature of Wadi El Hitan. The museum manifests the great collaboration between the respective partners; the Ministry of Environment, the Italian Government through the Egyptian Italian Debt for Development Programme and UNDP.

The museum displays the fossils of the largest intact “Basilosaurus isis” whale fossil, as well as a unique collection of fossils. It also shows evidence of the whales’ evolution, as it displays the legged whale “Basilosaurus isis”. These factors contributed to announcing Wadi El Hitan as a natural World Heritage Site. A national team of young scientists and experts in fossils and excavations worked on correctly extracting them to be displayed at the Wadi El Hitan Climate Change Fossil.

The aim of the museum is to display and preserve the Egyptian treasures in a unique setting, raise awareness about climate change, the need to protect the environment and promote eco-tourism.

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