Aims and Objectives
BECAMI aims to re-introduce the Egyptian society to the cultural heritage of the Liberal age (1936-1922) also known as the Belle Époque.
This is achieved with the creation of physical and virtual itineraries, linking groups of museums, whether built in the same timeframe, or established within a building constructed in the same era. The project focuses on twelve museums divided between three thematic museums (Agriculture Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Fine Arts Museum), two transportation and communication museums (Railway and Post Museums) and five museums linked to prominent Egyptian public figures; two iconic singers (Umm Kulthum and Abd al-Wahab), two authors pioneers in poetry and literature (Taha Hussein and Ahmad Shawky) and one important politician (Saad Zagloul). In addition, the project includes two other museums: the Banque Misr and the Manial Palace (Prince Muhammad Ali).
These museums are considered benchmarks in Egypt’s modern cultural history, as they represent historical, architectural, cultural and symbolic values. They have documented and displayed the process of development in the modern times from the fields of technological innovation, arts and culture and the political life.
Despite their major value and importance, they are hidden and unrenowned both on the national and international levels. BECAMI engaged with school and university students with the aim to have them rediscover their cultural heritage, to increase their awareness and future engagement.