A Sneak Peak of the New Grand Egyptian Museum
ProDive Travel recently visited the monumental Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza and yes, the museum is open! They are currently offering limited access to the Grand Hall, Commercial Area, Exterior Gardens and limited tours to test the readiness and visitor experience of the site before its official opening.
WHAT CAN I SEE?
During this visit, one can see a colossal statue of Ramses II on permanent display in the atrium. The atrium is also home to two five-meter high granite sunken statues of Ptolemaic King and Queen. Another towering artifact on display is the Victory column of Merenptah, a granite column adorned with the visuals of King Merenptah celebrating his victories. The Hanging Obelisk, 10 Statues off Senusert, the Great Hall, commercial area, exterior gardens and food court are a few other areas open to the public.
The museums primary focus is to house and showcase a vast collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including those from the renowned Tutankhamun’s tomb. The museum is intended to be a world-class institution, offering visitors a comprehensive and immersive experience of Egypt’s rich history and cultural heritage.
The museum’s collection includes a substantial number of artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun, the famous pharaoh of the 18th dynasty. Many of these artifacts have never been displayed before due to space limitations in the older Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
hOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Access to the Grand Hall, Commercial Area and Exterior Gardens will cost 1000 EGP (approx. R611.00).
Tours take place daily from; 10AM, 12PM, 2PM and 4PM and run for a duration of 45 minutes.
The new museum’s expansive design allows for a much broader presentation of these treasures and is located two kilometers away from the Pyramids, allowing for tourists to travel with ease between the two sites. The construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum has experienced delays over the years and is estimated to fully open in late 2023.