The Grand Egyptian Museum is one of the most anticipated openings in the world when it comes to museums and tourism and, after a couple of delays, it is going to be one of the most exciting things to do in Cairo. It has been decided to be opened next year. According to the antiquities minister, Khaled al-Anani, the Grand Egyptian Museum is now 88% complete and while there is no official opening date set at this time, As it is scheduled to be opened during the last quarter of the current year 2020.
While we may not know the official opening date, we do know that the Grand Egyptian Museum will be a world-class facility that will add not only to Egypt’s tourism but also to Egypt’s economy and the local community. So, if you are looking at going on an Egypt day tour then here’s what you need to know about the Grand Egyptian Museum.
The History of the Egyptian Museum
The new Grand Egyptian Museum may be getting ready to open its doors, but Cairo has had a well-known and respected museum for over a century. The current museum, the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, is located in Tahrir Square in the heart of Cairo has been welcoming visitors for 117 years. The location of the current museum is unique as it is surrounded by the best restaurants, luxury hotels, and mosques, and churches which allows you to try one of our fabulous tours Grand Egyptian Museum and Giza Pyramids Tour.
While the Museum of Antiquities is, without uncertainty, a favorite among guests it’s reached its prime. The current museum just small, both in terms of being able to handle the volume of visitors as well as its lack of capacity for artifacts. Discoveries are being made regularly and the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities doesn’t have the room to hold them, which means thousands of artifacts are hidden away in storage throughout the Half day tour to the Grand Egyptian Museum you will continue the Discovering.
Not only did the lack of space mean that many items were unavailable for viewing, but it also made it difficult to visit as a tourist. Even for those tourists who have spent the money on Egypt Tour Packages. There are just too many people interested in visiting, and not enough space to allow everyone to truly have a good experience.
Additionally, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities just isn’t equipped with the proper technology to maintain and protect the artifacts. There have been several problems with lighting, humidity, and temperature which have caused further damage to these treasures. It was clear that Egypt needed a newer, bigger, and more modern museum to house and showcase its treasures in a safe and more protected environment and so, in 1992, the plans to open a new, bigger museum were put into motion.
In 2002 an architectural competition was announced to design the building that would eventually become the Grand Egyptian Museum. There were entries from 83 countries around the world and the winner, which was decided in June of 2003.
The years since of work and effort put into building this new attraction. It was meant to open in 2019, however, there have been two delays that have pushed the date. As of now, the soft opening is rumored to take place in late 2019, while the official opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum is expected to take place in early 2020.
The Location of the Grand Egyptian Museum
The Grand Egyptian Museum is being built outside of Cairo city center, is close to the Giza Pyramids While some may wonder why the attraction is being moved away from the heart of Cairo, it’s a very smart move that will benefit tourists.
The main reason why the museum has been moved is due to the lack of space in downtown Cairo. The Grand Egyptian Museum is going to be significantly larger than the current museum located in Tahir Square and, as such, it needed to be located in a place where there was room to build.
Perhaps of more interest to the tourists, the new location makes exploring both the museum and the pyramids more conducive.
The Importance of the New Building
Part of the charm of the current Museum of Egyptian Antiquities is that it is housed in a pleasing historical building in the heart of Cairo. While the new Grand Egyptian Museum will lose the historical aspect of the building, the fact that it is a modern 21st-century structure doesn’t take away from the fact that this museum is being designed in a way that the building will not just house the artifacts, but also better highlight them.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will be 5.2 million square feet in size when completed and comes with a hefty price tag of more than one pillion dollars. It’s been designed to not only be a safe and secure place to store and showcase Egypt’s treasures but also to help create a more immersive and enjoyable experience for visitors as well the flexibility to save more time than before because it`s near to the pyramids in a few minutes also Throughout Grand Egyptian Museum and Pyramids Tour from Cairo Airport it helps you to spend every single moment while you are here in such a lovely country Egypt.
The front of the museum will be made up mainly of glass which will allow for wide views of the Giza plateau and the pyramids in the distance.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will also be much roomier and less crowded than the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Not only is this better for viewing the artifacts, but it’s also better for preserving them and keeping them safe. Additionally, this new building will have proper humidity, lighting, and temperature control to keep the relics in their best condition.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will also feature twenty-eight shops, ten restaurants, a conference center, and a theatre.
Exhibits and Attractions of the Grand Egyptian Museum
The main reason for the creation of the Grand Egyptian Museum was to have a bigger space for Egyptian artifacts. As mentioned previously, right now there are thousands of artifacts stored away for safekeeping because there is no room to display them in the current Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in downtown Cairo.
According to the antiquities minister, the Grand Egyptian Museum will feature 20,000+ relics that have never been on display before and they date back to the Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom as well. Additionally, there will be several items belonging to King Tutankhamen that hadn’t been released since their original discovery in 1922. In total, this museum is expected to hold and display over 100,000 different artifacts dating to a variety of periods in Egypt’s history. making it the largest archaeological museum in the world.
While the entire museum will be set to impress, it is expected that the largest attraction will be the exhibit dedicated to King Tutankhamun, more commonly referred to as King Tut. Currently, the King Tut display in the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities is quite basic with the artifacts on display for guests to walk by and admire. The new set up, however, will be quite different. The plan is for the King Tut exhibition to be an immersive experience where visitors can step into his life. There will be two galleries dedicated to King Tutankhamen relics that will allow visitors an inside look at his lifestyle including how he dressed, ate, and ruled as well as a glimpse inside his court and his funeral. This more immersive experience is made possible thanks to the fact that there are so many quality relics from King Tut’s reign, but also because this historic Pharaoh is still being studied and new things are consistently being learned about his life and rule.
Of course, not all of the artifacts are in good shape. However, thanks to an incredible team of conservationists some relics which were originally thought to be impossible to restore are, in fact, actually being restored thanks to specialized labs.
Without a doubt, the Grand Egyptian Museum has been a huge undertaking for Egypt; a country that has suffered financially due to a lack of tourism in the past decade thanks to political unrest and instability as lots of travelers were wondering if Egypt safe for traveling?. While some may wonder why the government has placed such a huge investment in this museum given the current economy of the country, the fact is that the Grand Egyptian Museum has been, and will continue to be, a boost for the economy and the local businesses, both directly and indirectly.
Firstly, the Grand Egyptian Museum has created jobs. Not just in terms of the construction of the building, but also in regards to staffing the museum. Since this museum is considerably larger and more experience-based than the current museum in Tahrir Square more job opportunities have been created.
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Additionally, since the Grand Egyptian Museum is expected to increase the number of tourists, this will also help the tourism industry in general. Everything from local hotels, to companies offering custom Cairo Private Tours to souvenir shops, and more will benefit from this new museum.