Will the much-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum Still Open in 2020 as planned?
The Grand Opening
There is much anticipation as the world awaits for the Grand Egyptian Museum to finally open its doors. It has been a mammoth project moving, restoring & collecting for what it is to be the largest archaeological museum in the world. It is expected to be one of the biggest ceremonies in history when the final D-Day arrives!
The building is situated two kilometres west of the Giza Pyramids. One of the main features of the museum is the translucent stone wall, made of alabaster, that makes up the front facade of the building. It will also have a panoramic view of the Great Pyramids of Giza
An 83-tonne depiction of the third pharaoh of the 19th dynasty of Egypt, also known as Ozymandias, will be the first sight that greets visitors as they enter the museum. At more than nine metres tall, the statue almost reaches the vaulted ceiling of the cement structure that is expected to house 100,000 objects, many of which will be displayed for the first time
Tutankhamun (the boy-king)
The Complete Collection (5400 objects) retrieved from Tutankhamen’s tomb will be displayed together for the first time, including his three coffins and the funeral mask
The new museum also boasts numerous modern features:
- 250-seat 3D cinema
- Children’s Museum
- Organic Lab – where you will find hundreds of King Tut’s textile, leather and papyrus artefacts lie ready for restoration. His refurbished necklaces, shoes and even a loincloth.
- Latest Technology – Virtual Reality
- Conference Centre