The Open Air Museum Catalogue
In collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, the MSCD project has produced an illustrated catalogue. It is presented in both English and Arabic, showcasing the remarkable collection displayed in the Memphis Open Air Museum. It describes the evolution of Memphis through time from a Pharaonic city to a Christian and Islamic settlement, providing insights into religious and funerary practices as well as daily life at this ancient capital.
The catalogue places the museum’s objects back into the complex history of the excavations of Memphis. It introduces you to the Egyptian and foreign excavators and scholars who have worked to bring the remains of the city back to life. Until recently, the Open Air Museum was the only place where the archaeology and heritage of Memphis could be seen close to where these artefacts were found.
Thus far, however, its many treasures, though accessible to the public, have not received adequate interest and prominence. The Museum displays a substantial and remarkable sample of Memphis’ objects—a collection of no less than 80 artefacts, including a number of unique pieces. In addition to this, the museum itself sits in the heart of the Memphite ruin-field, on the remains of the grand religious complex of Ptah.