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Helwan Wax Museum, Cairo

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The Helwan Wax Museum is a small public museum located in the suburb of Helwan, in Cairo, Egypt, close to the Ain Helwan Metro station. It houses 116 statues and 26 scenes.

It contains exhibits of wax sculptures demonstrating important figures from Egyptian history and idealized traditional Egyptian culture. Some figures shown include Salah El-Din El-Ayoubi (Saladin), King Richard I "The Lionheart" of England, Amr Ibn Al-As, Cleopatra and President Gamal Abdel Nasser. The museum was founded by Fouad Abdel Malek. The Wax Museum was built in 1934 by artist Fouad Abdel-Malek, who studied waxworks in France and England. He received much help from a group of devoted artists and art admirers, who were inspired by internationally acclaimed waxwork museums in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Las Vegas and New York. The Wax Museum in Egypt was initially opened at Tigran Palace at Ibrahim Pasha St. and moved in 1937 to a villa at Qasr al-Eini St. before it eventually arrived in its present seat at Helwan district. Although the museum was opened officially on August 6, 1950, it was added to the list of art museums supervised by the Ministry of Culture represented by the Sector of Fine Art in 1997. Its exhibits include 26 panoramic views and 116 wax sculptures. Columns of shrines and traditional dresses also add to the curiosity-arousing atmosphere created in the museum. The exhibits are the reconstruction of religious, social and historical scenes and events such as the Virgin Mary, Jesus the Christ and her cousin at the cave of Abu-Serga in old Cairo. The last moments in the life of Egypt's Queen Cleopatra are also reconstructed. Cleopatra, in the throes of death, is seen escorted by her maid of honour and a priest. Visitors will also come across King Solomon and his throne. Other panoramic views illustrate Mohammed Ali Pasha inspecting the fleet of ships and the opening of Suez Canal

Due to the lack of air conditioning, many of the wax sculptures on display exhibit visible damage and signs of repeated touch-ups.
As of early 2009, the museum has been closed for renovations.
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  • You can not consider it as a Wax Museum, but it is funny. They can make a better but I do not know who did those statues as they are very bad and in a very bad condition. 
    You can not consider it as a Wax Museum, but it is funny. They can make a better but I do not know who did those statues as they are very bad and in a very bad condition.  more »
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  • An Egyptian Museum located in the city of Helwan, Cairo. It was established in 1934. The museum includes many works of wax art as well as rare collectibles of the stages of the development of Egyptian history, from the Pharaohs to the modern era. It is ranked fourth in the list of the best wax museums in the world, as well as the second most famous wax museum in the world.
  • Closed maybe for renovation. The location is not good at all surrounded by popular disgusting buildings. The museum used to be ranked second in the world! Should be transfered and well taken care of. I felt shame for the miserable case of this museum.
  • The Museum of Wax in Helwan is an Egyptian museum located in the city of Helwan, Cairo, established in 1934, and the museum includes many works of art from wax as well as rare holdings of the stages of the development of Egyptian history, from the Pharaohs to the modern era, the museum has many wax sculptures made with infinite precision. Professionals ranked fourth in the list of the best wax museums in the world, and ranked the second most famous wax museum in the world. The museum suffered in the last period of negligence, lack of maintenance, and renewal. In September 2009, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture issued a decision to close the Wax Museum in order to preserve the safety of visitors after reports of the lack of safety specifications due to the cracking of buildings in addition to the lack of adequate ventilation or insurance facilities for the facility and is still closed until right Now. Founded in 1934 by the Egyptian artist "George Abdel Malek" - in Tahrir Square, before being transferred to Garden City, and from there to Ain Helwan in 1950, the museum was established as an attempt to embody Egyptian historical events, and highlight its importance at the Arab and international levels. Experts classify the Museum of Wax as an educational museum, as it tells through dozens of statues that sculpted with great precision, the history of Egypt in anthropomorphic form, which makes it a kiss for thousands of students and tourists alike. The Egyptian Wax Museum is the fourth in the world after the museums of France, England and Australia in terms of its holdings, but it occupies the second position in terms of fame. The museum includes 116 statues and 26 scenes that tell the history of Egypt, from the Pharaonic family 18 to the revolution of July 23, and it is being developed to embody the second stage of the history of Egypt the revolution to the present time. The statues of this museum, made of wax, give the viewer the impression that he is facing figures of flesh and blood. The museum was established by the Egyptian international artist George Abdel Malek, and he was one of the most skilled Egyptian artists of his time, after he excelled in embodying many stories and novels, which narrate the history of the dawn of the Pharaonic civilization, through the Greek, Coptic and Islamic civilizations, until the era of the revolution in July 1952 in many Wax statues, one of the museum's most prominent holdings. The artist Abdel-Malik divided the historical eras that passed through Egypt into 26 scenes, with significant indicative backgrounds, which added to the scenes the effects of life in their ancient times. The division of the museum depends on the allocation of a number of halls for each specific period of time. Surrounding each hall is a lush garden that gave the museum a special luster. It is possible to pass from scenes of one era to another through the rooms that are connected to each other continuously, listing the historical eras in a historical bond, and these halls end with corridors leading To other galleries where the museum's holdings are displayed. The visitor begins with the section of the Pharaonic era that mimics the history of the Twelfth Dynasty, which ruled Egypt for two hundred and fifty years continuously. The artist has excelled in embodying the kings of this family starting from Amenhotep IV, and he is the first to call for the unification of worship and the rejection of worship of birds and animals and the worship of the sun as one God, and in one aspect of this The scene shows Commander Hur, a loving lover next to his wife, and one of the wild tigers that accompanied the armies in their battles when Hur was a loving commander of the armies of ancient Egypt. Ramadan nights section in the museum With the end of the presentations of this hall, the visitor can move to another hall through one of the designated passages, where he can watch a religious scene expressing Moses' recovery from the Nile with this passage, and the background of the scene shows the Pharaonic temples,wiki
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