About MoTA


A brief overview about the Ministry of Antiquities

In 1858, Sa'id Pasha ratified to the establishment of the Antiquities Authority. In 1956, with the evacuation of the British occupation forces, the Antiquities Authority became completely an Egyptian Government Organization. The Antiquities Authority was under the Ministries of Public Works, Education, National Guidance and Culture; respectively). In 1971, the Antiquities Authority was transferred to the Egyptian Antiquities Organization, and the name was changed from the Egyptian Antiquities Organization to the Supreme Council of Antiquities, by virtue of the Presidential Decree Number 82 of the year 1994.

In 2011, the Supreme Council of Antiquities became independent from the Ministry of Culture to become the Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs. In 2015, the Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs turned to the Ministry of Antiquities And it continued in this way until December 2019, when it was merged with the Ministry of Tourism into one ministerial portfolio.


Structure of the current ministry

  • Minister's Office.
  • General Secretariat.
  • Monuments of Nubia Fund.
  • Grand Egyptian Museum.
  • National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.
  • Egyptian, Greek and Roman Antiquities Sector.
  • Islamic, Coptic and Jewish Antiquities Sector.
  • Museums sector.
  • Projects sector.
  • Financing Fund for Antiquities Sector.



Antiquities Protection Act

Until the middle of the nineteenth century, there was no legislation concerning the antiquities trade in Egypt. There were thousands of artifacts such as jewelry, statues, engravings and even entire monuments that had been taken away from their original environment to join private collections or various groups of museums around the world. The Western passion for Egyptian antiquities began with the advent of the French Campaign (1798-1801) and the publication of successive volumes of the book "Describing of Egypt" which created a global interest in Egypt and its ancient monuments.

The first step to limit smuggling the Egyptian antiquities outside the country was on August 15, 1835, when Mohamed Ali Pasha, governor of Egypt, issued a decree prohibiting the export and trade of all Egyptian antiquities. This decree also included the construction of a building in al- Azbekiya Park in Cairo as a house for preservation of monuments.

The Antiquities Protection Law No. 117 of 1983, as amended by Law No. 3 of 2010 and Law No. 61 of 2010 and the current Law No. 91 of 2018, was issued.