Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum

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Entrance Mahmoud-Khalil-Museum
Front of the museum

The Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum is a museum in Giza, Egypt. It is located in a palace built in the early 20th century.[1][2][3]


The museum was opened on 23 July 1962, and dedicated to the memory of Mohammed Mahmoud Khalil Pasha and his wife Emiline Lock.

In 1971 it was sectioned by the government of Egypt; President Anwar El-Sadat used it for executive offices. The palace was returned to museum use in 1993.[4]


Poppy Flowers (1887) by Vincent van Gogh was cut from its frame and stolen from the museum in 2010

Among the great artists works endowed by Mohammed Mahmoud Khalil and his wife are those of Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin and Vincent van Gogh. The Museum houses a fine collection of Impressionist paintings, mainly collected before 1928, which alone rivals most European National Collections.[5]

Art thefts[edit]

A van Gogh painting known both as Poppy Flowers, also known as Vase and Flowers and Vase with Viscaria was cut from its frame and stolen from the museum in August 2010. Several members of Egypt's Ministry of Culture, including Deputy Minister of Culture Mohsen Shaalan, faced criminal charges as a result of the theft, with prosecutors arguing that they created or perpetuated the conditions that allowed the crime to occur. Previously, the painting had been stolen from the museum's temporary location in 1978, and recovered 10 years later in Kuwait.[6][7] Nine paintings of the 19th-century Egyptian ruler Ibrahim Pasha were stolen in 2009, and were found 10 days later dumped outside.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Researched history of the house and collection Archived October 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil house National Museum". Retrieved 2012-04-28.
  3. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2006-10-27. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  4. ^ Museum move Archived October 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Lacambre, Geneviève. Les Oubliés du Caire. Musée d'Orsay, 1994.
  6. ^ "Van Gogh painting stolen in Cairo". Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  7. ^ Ben, Tzvi (2010-08-22). "More on the theft in general". Retrieved 2012-04-28.
  8. ^ "History of thefts". 2010-08-21. Retrieved 2012-04-28.

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Coordinates: 30°2′8″N 31°13′11″E / 30.03556°N 31.21972°E / 30.03556; 31.21972