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Yemen: Taiz National Museum reopens after 4 years

The National Museum of Taiz, Yemen, has just reopened its doors to the public after 4 years of closure. It had closed its doors in 2016 as a result of the ongoing civil war in the country.

It has undergone a complete restoration of the exterior as well as the roof, to remove the after-effects of the war. The National Museum of Taiz, a city in southern Yemen, open from 1967 to 2016, can once again welcome culture and history enthusiasts.

International support

If the historical institution has been able to reopen, it is notably thanks to a grant of about 130 000 dollars from the Cultural Protection Fund of the British Council and an anonymous American donor. The World Monuments Fund (WMF) then took charge of the restoration, despite the complicated logistical challenges linked to the country’s situation.

Next step

It does, however, offer a reassuring signal of calm in the region, and the promise of greater stability. The museum is now entering a phase of recovering the objects buried beneath the site. To this end, the Geneva-based non-profit Aliph Foundation, dedicated to the protection of cultural property in conflict zones, has just announced the release of a grant of 589,000 euros.