Ancient Egypt Exhibitions
What to look for?
There was a need to concentrate collections of ancient Egypt spreaded all around the world into one place. That is why the unique legacy of this ancient civilization needed to be presented within one building structure. The museum complex is a repository and showcase for the history, development and achievements of Ancient Egypt. The Grand Egyptian Museum will allow visitors a unique experience of going back in time and be able to navigate through 7,000 years of the the story of Ancient Egypt. You can also find sculpture gardens in the park of the museum, and a massive statue of Ramses II will greet you upon entry into the main atrium. And from here, the Grand Staircase, you will find 87 statues of kings and gods, and it will lead you from the valley level to the plateau.
The main galleries are divided into four eras: Prehistory and Predynastic that was up to 3100 BC, and the Old Kingdom that consisted of the pyramid builders; there is also the Middle Kingdom; the New Kingdom that are the reigns of Tutankhamun, Ramses and Co; and Greco-Roman. These galleries are chronologically ordered and organized according to themes, different from the old museum that was: Religion as Beliefs and Eternit, Rulers as Kingship and Power, and the commoners as Society. Near the end, visitors will be led right back to tall glass windows that look outside towards the pyramids and bring home the magnificence of Ancient Egypt – which conclude as the grand finale of a chronological show set up to showcase and celebrate one of the world’s greatest civilizations.
And for the first time you will be able to enjoy the Tutankhamun collection in its entirety, located at the right side of the staircase. There is a special fact about the Tut galleries: the relics are displayed in the exact same order that Carter found them while exploring the tomb.. Inside the complex there is also a separate museum suited for children, that will make full use of state-of-the-art visual tricks to better explain all about ancient Egypt to the kids.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will house the largest ancient Egypt exhibition known in the world. It pays an homage to eternal Ancient Egyptian treasures, monuments, and history hosting over 100,000 artifacts, which nearly 3500 belonged to the notorious King Tutankhamen.
Each of the amazing main galleries have a lot of original and restored works to keep you busy during the visit. Don’t miss out on the predynastic collection, that was limited in the old museum to just a few items, and even it will include gilded elongated figures. There is also a 140-foot-long solar boat that was buried beside the Great Pyramid, that has been worked into the new displays. You will also be able to see the full glory of the little-known Middle Kingdom, which started around 2050 BC., that has been presented poorly over the years, and yet considered to a few as a high point in ancient art.
Another point of focus is on the massive restoration effort from the 17 on-site labs that dedicated their time to preserve and restore the relics, most of which are about 5000 years old. You need to keep in mind that the Grand Egyptian Museum has been designed in such a way that it has created a world class building that was capable of showing the progress, changes and development of the Egyptian Civilization.
The Tutankhamun Collection
The Grand Egyptian Museum is to become the ultimate encyclopedia of the Egyptian pharaonic culture and will exhibit high quality artifacts of the finest collections, and you will be able to observe and learn thanks to the technology integrated to the displays in the new museum. From the moment you enter you will be able to view in chronological order the four major eras: Prehistory, Predynastic, Early Dynastic, Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period; the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period; the New Kingdom; the Third Intermediate Period, the late Period and Greco-Roman Period. Each display will have defined themes or a built context to improve the experience.
The highlight of Grand Egyptian Museum will be to showcase the greatest Tutankhamun collection ever seen around the world. That said, it is also important to note that all of the artifacts that have been (and will be) exhumed from King Tutankhamun’s tomb are, by international convention, considered property of the government of Egypt.
The museum complex is big enough to give space to all of King Tutankhamun’s treasure that has been discovered over the years. In the old museum there were nearly 1500 items from the tomb of the famous boy king, and there are over 5400 in the new museum. You will be able to see the entire collection: the premiere pieces being the gold mask and the gold sarcophagus, the jewels, the throne and the chariots. And they are also displayed with entire narratives that have been specially designed and developed in several of the galleries, in order to better understand the lifestyle of King Tut, even including what he ate, and what he might have wore back in the day.
Currently, there are several exhibitions that are being displayed outside of Egypt while the opening date of the Grand Egyptian Museum is set; these include the Treasures of Tutankhamun; the Tut Treasures; Tutankhamun: The Golden Hereafter; Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs; and Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs. The different collections are composed by artifacts, relics and treasures that have been found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun and from the tombs of other ancient Egyptian Pharaohs over the years.
Once the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum is set, all of the displays that are being showcased in different countries will return to Egypt to be displayed in the largest collection of relics and treasure of ancient Egypt ever seen.