Manuscripts Museum

The Manuscript Museum (MsM) is a vital department affiliated with the Cultural Outreach Sector and is characterized by an educational, cultural, and academic nature. The MsM operates through different sections that develop an advanced scientific cognitive approach. These sections cooperate in harmony to form this integrated system, which started in 2001 according to Law No. 1 of the year 2001 (Article 2) concerning the Library of Alexandria and was completed according to the Presidential Decree No. 269 on 12 September 2002 concerning the establishment of the Manuscript Museum Hall.

The vision of the MsM can be summarized in concentrating all efforts and human and material resources to serve visitors and researchers. It aims to introduce, save, and maintain heritage, rare manuscripts, and books, following sound scientific methods for all age groups in society. The MsM also aims for cooperation and scientific exchange in the field of manuscripts with similar museums and centers all over the world. It also aims to transfer expertise in the fields of restoration and preventive conservation to archivists, museum technicians, collection managers, conservators, curators, and researchers, both regionally and internationally, in order to create a new generation that is able to play their roles within their institutions through training courses and workshops. The MsM provides the largest possible number of digital manuscripts from all over the world and makes them available to researchers in an appropriate medium.

The MsM has cooperated with and provided training courses to various national and international institutions, including the following:


  • The Higher Institute for Tourism, Hotels, and Restoration of Monuments
  • The Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University
  • The Faculty of Special Education, Alexandria University
  • The Faculty of Science, Alexandria University
  • The Archaeological Section, The Faculty of Arts, Cairo University
  • The Faculty of Monument Restoration, Fayoum University
  • Al-Azhar Library
  • The Civilization Museum, Cairo
  • The Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs
  • The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities
  • The National Library of Libya
  • Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute, Birzeit University
  • University College London, Qatar
  • Ibb University, Yemen
  • Nazwi University, Oman
  • King Abdul Aziz Library, Umm Al-Qura University
  • Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah Collection, Kuwait
  • The Center for Research and Studies on Kuwait (CRSK)
  • Ahmed Zaban Museum, Algeria
  • The National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, KSA
  • King Fahad National Library
  • University of Illinois
  • Section Arts Graphiques, Ecole de Condé, Paris
  • University of Lincoln, UK
  • Mahmoud Said Museum
  • The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI)
  • A number of Egyptian schools

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List of trainings provided