The Bardo National Museum in Tunis reopened its doors on Thursday after a two-year closure for “redevelopment work”.
The museum’s director, Fatma Naït Yghil, told journalists present at the reopening of this jewel of Tunisian heritage that their job was to “refurbish and restore the monument to preserve its archaeological collections”.
“The refurbishment work also affected the building, as the Bardo National Museum is also an attraction due to its Andalusian and Italian Mediterranean architecture, and not just for its archaeological collections”, she added.
The Bardo Museum, located near the headquarters of the Assembly of People’s Representatives (APR, Parliament), was closed for “redevelopment work” in July 2021, at the same time as the exceptional measures decided on 25 July 2021 by President Kaïs Saïed, including the freezing of Parliament’s activities.
The monument was originally one of the palaces of the beys of the Husseinite dynasty and was built in the 19th century. After the country gained independence in 1956, the name of this historic monument was changed to the Bardo National Museum.
The museum houses the second-largest collection of Roman mosaics in the world.