Museum Areas and Map
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The Grand Egyptian Museum is the encyclopedia of ancient Egypt and the pharaonic culture. The complex is extremely flexible and very suitable for permanent and temporary exhibitions that will allow attendance up to 15,000 visitors a day.
The museum contains a grand entrance and staircase, a conference center, a research center, a library, restoration laboratories, a specialized museum for children and also one for people with disabilities, a public plaza with all kinds of shops, cafes and restaurants, an open air museum and parking facilities.
The GEM Entrance
Once you are getting close to the Grand Egyptian Museum, you will be amazed by the translucent stone facade that is one of the key elements that gives the complex an iconic status. Then, when you’re getting close to the entrance of the museum it looks like a slit in the facade and the view to the entrance court is slowly revealed to the visitor. Aside from the grandeur of the museum itself, you will see the statue of Ramses II as the first reference point on the Entrance Court, this is where the visitors will be oriented to the their destination.
The grand Staircase
After you enter the Grand Egyptian Museum, you will find and be awed by the Grand Staircase with the following dimensions a length of 64 meters and rising 24 meters high, the bottom with a width of 85 meters, and at the top with 17 meters.
It is the first step to create one of the chronological streams that will define for each visitor the storyline of the museum. You will see artifacts displayed along the length of the Grand Staircase will provide you the introduction and illustration of the history of ancient Egypt.
The exhibition on the Grand Staircase is organised by chronological order, it brings you from modern times which begins in Cairo, back in time at the top of the stairs, which is the view to the pyramid complex.
GEM exhibition areas
The Grand Egyptian Museum exhibition areas will cover the four major eras of ancient Egypt: Predynastic, Middle Kingdom, the New Kingdom and the late period and Greco-Roman Period.
The building is shaped like a chamfered triangle in plan.
The exhibition is aimed mainly to the interested adult, but it will meet the needs of all visitors going from the casual inquirer up to specialized professional.
The display of the artifacts and objects are visually arranged to be stimulated from the moment you get to the museum. Each one is selected on the basis of their ability to illustrate the variety and diversity of the collection.
The Conference Center of the Grand Egyptian Museum represents a very big part of the GEM design program that is elemental to enhance the experience of the visitors in an intellectual, educational, cultural, and recreational way.
It is a complex with a total area of nearly 8000 square meters on the first level floor, parts of the second floor and the open roof of the building. It will also include meeting rooms, halls, auditorium for internal events and outside for rentals.
The main auditorium hall can accommodate up to 1,000 seats, and will be able to house several conference presentations, theatrical performances, that will include drama plays, dances, musics, concerts, and much more. It is completed by several seminar rooms, meeting rooms, a multi-purpose hall that will be suitable for a wide variety of events, and also an open space gallery for temporary exhibitions.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will have its own children museum that will be a space suitable for kids to be able to enjoy a experiences to learn, share, and create; it will have workshops, games, hands-on activities, laboratories, virtual galleries, and several other facilities that will provide an experience for cultural and educational enrichment.
The Children’s Museum in the GEM will allow the natural of curiosity of children about everything around them and will help enrich the young minds through a guided exploration of ancient Egypt. There will be separated areas for children of different ages for kindergarteners and school-going age kids, between 6 and 12, with various recreational areas and activities adapted for each one.
The Education Center in the Grand Egyptian Museum will be located on the first floor, also known as the “Children’s Floor”. It is designed to offer on going programs that will consist in lecture, workshops, seminars, and also films for the benefit of the attending audience, for both adult and kids as well.
The Education Center will be fully dedicated to research, training, and also in-house and outreach educational activities. The Education Center has two purposes: The first one is to bring a more comprehensive understanding to the workings and contents of the Museum, by integrating real objects with virtual tours of excavation sites and also virtual reconstruction of sites and monuments. The second one is to open up the museum buildings for the non-museum attendees.
Special Needs Museum
The Grand Egyptian Museum has included a Special Needs Museum in its design. The museum is unique and the programs focus more on abilities rather than disabilities.
The design was made to empower every person that has a physical challenge to find aids and vehicles to help them refocus their issues or either overcome the impact of them that will allow to reshape the abilities of the individuals.
Some of the special programs include pottery classes, reading of inscriptions, observation of aerial photos through sound. The Special Needs Museum in the GEM will be a complete cognitive activity center designed to help people explore their potential and educate them as well
Parks and Gardens
The Grand Egyptian Museum has several parks and gardens on the premises. There are 5 green areas: The Land of Egypt is a thematic park that is intended to reflect and supplement the themes of the GEM, it is conceived as a “secret” garden, that will be “discovered” after the long climb from the Piazza.
The Nile Park is meant to be reflective of the River Nile, that is the life-giving vein in ancient Egypt, it is a linear auditory and visual experience of the many forms that water can take.
The Temple Garden will me made up of a series of thematic gardens, filled with references to tombs and temple gardens from ancient Egypt.
The Roof Garden is located on the third floor and it enables the roof of the museum to be seen in a different light, and provides the management offices with a private space outside.
And there is the Dunal Park that is based on the landscape of the desert plateau that borders the Nile Valley and provides wonderful views across Cairo, Giza and the entire museum.
Cafes & Restaurants
The Grand Egyptian Museum has one cafe and two restaurants on the building site. The Cafe Dune will be located at the apex of the “The Land of Egypt Park”, it occupies the end corner of the garden and will provide a wonderful view over the park and the museum, it will operate as a cafe and bar as well.
There is the Pyramids Restaurant occupies the space under the radial strip that flanks the Temple Garden, it will operate as a separate entity outside the museum, the ideal location for a high class restaurant.
And then, you have the Temple Garden Restaurant that is in the central space under the radial strip, it comprises of internal and external shade for meals under the strip.
The Conservation Center in the Grand Egyptian Museum is considered to be the heart of the whole building. It is built on an approximate area of 7,000 square meters, and it is expected to be the biggest Conservation Center in the Middle East.
The GEM Conservation Center has five main laboratories which are the Stone Lab, the Wood Lab, the Organic Lab for textiles, leather and papyrus, the Inorganic Lab for ceramics, glass, and metals, and the Human Remains Lab. And there are also several specialized labs used for analytical purposes.