|Official opening||The final quarter of 2021|
Check back periodically for information about the Grand Egyptian Museum’s official opening announcement.
|Location||Alexandria Desert Rd, Kafr Nassar, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Cairo, Egypt, Africa|
The Grand Egyptian Museum – the largest archeological museum in the world
In January of 2002, the Egyptian government decided to build the greatest archeology museum in the world and announced a worldwide competition for the design of The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). The competition winner was Irish firm Heneghan Peng Architects.
The location of this great museum is only 2 kilometers away from the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt’s greatest monuments, and the only remaining wonder of the ancient world.
The museum in numbers
The Museum will contain over 100 000 artifacts.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will cover an area of approximately 480 000 m2.
The museum will have an impressive 28-meter high glass façade.
105 showcases and two halls were allocated for King Tutankhamun’s artifacts in the Grand Egyptian Museum.
In January 2018 a 100-ton, nine meters tall, 3,200-year-old statue of Ramses II was placed in the Grand Egyptian Museum. It was the first artifact to be installed in the Museum, during construction. The statue almost reaches the vaulted ceiling of the cement structure.
Cost for this museum was $795 million.
Waiting for tourists
Inside the main entrance is a large atrium, where large statues will be exhibited.
The GEM is available for private tours in advance of its official opening
The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is designed to be a cultural and touristic destination, offering a conference center, a theater, restaurants, cafeterias, retail areas, gift shops, bookshops, and gardens.
The main galleries are organized chronologically and are divided into four eras: Pre-Dynastic (up to 3100 B.C.) and Old Kingdom (the pyramid builders), Middle Kingdom, New Kingdom (Tutankhamun, Ramses, and Co), and Greco-Roman.