The Grand Egyptian Museum
The Grand Egyptian museum
Did you know about the Grand Egyptian Museum? It is a planned museum full of artefacts that belong to ancient Egypt. It is also known as the Giza Museum, and it is located only 2 km apart from the legendary pyramids. It’s located between the ancient Great Pyramids and the city of Cairo, at the junction between the dry desert and the floodplain, the Grand Egyptian Museum is like a portal to the past, when the Pharaohs ruled and cats were worshiped to protect them from evil spirits.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will pay an homage to trascendental Ancient Egyptian treasures, monuments, and history hosting over 100,000 artifacts, close to 3500 belong to the notorious King Tutankhamen. It will allow Egypt to become a major worldwide hun for their own history and a must-see place for Egyptologists and fanatics all around the world. The Grand Egyptian Museum will hold in trust for Egypt and the entire world a chronological statement over the past 7000 years of ancient history of Egypt.
With its unique position on the edge between the past and the present, the Grand Egyptian Museum will allow visitors from all over the world to engage and interact with artifacts and monuments, will and take you back to ancient Egypt.
The opening date of the Grand Egyptian Museum has been planned and pushed back on multiple occasions, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic it has been postponed yet again to 2021 to the public. However, the Grand Egyptian is available for private small guided tours in advance of its official inauguration.
Museum general information
The Grand Egyptian Museum complex is designed to be extremely flexible and suitable to house permanent and temporary exhibitions and will allow an attendance up to 15,000 visitors per day.
The museum contains a research center, a library, restoration laboratories, a museum suited for children and one for people with disabilities as well, a public square with a wide variety of shops – with a specialized museum gift shop -, several cafes and restaurants, and also an open air museum and parking spaces.
The Grand Egyptian Museum plans have been made in such a way to create a world class complex capable of housing thousands of visitors.
What it will look like?
The Grand Egyptian Museum was first announced in 1992, as a response to improve the current selection of institutions that showcase the inheritance of ancient Egypt. The design of the GEM was decided through a competition of architects. It was announced back in January 2002. The entries were analyzed and a winner was picked in June 2003; Heneghan Peng company from Dublin, Ireland.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will cover the four major eras: Predynastic, Middle Kingdom, the New Kingdom and the late period and Greco-Roman Period. There is a large plaza in front of the building filled with date plans. The first foundation stone was placed in 2002 by the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, and today it is 95 percent completed and is expected to be completed and open to the public in 2021.
The largest egiptian artecfacts collection
The Grand Egyptian Museum is a planned complex that will house several collections of ancient Egypt. Although each of the dazzling galleries will have a lot of original and restored artifacts that will keep you browsing for the most part of the day, it will have the largest collection of King Tutankhamun artifacts and relics ever displayed.
There were about 1500 items located in the old museum from the boy king’s tomb and there are 5400 in the new Grand Egyptian Museum, but you should spare time to see the entire collection and the main pieces being the gold sarcophagus and gold mask, the jewels, throne and chariots. The treasures will be displayed accompanied by entire narratives to show the Pharaoh’s lifestyle.
Also some more light will be shed on the predynastic collection as well, and even the glory of the little-known Middle Kingdom, that started around 2050 BC. Don’t miss the chance to view and enjoy the largest egyptian artefacts collection in the world.