The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is nearing completion and is expected to become the largest museum in the world, dedicated to a single civilization. The museum, which is expected to open in 2023, has been one of the world’s most famous projects, as noted by several sources.
Recall that the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism had earlier made a statement in February affirming the status of this project.
Details provided by the ministry state that the structural work is complete, including the vast atrium and grand stairway; the internal fittings are 99.8% complete; the outdoor areas are 98 percent complete; the section dedicated to King Tutankhamun’s artifacts is “more than 99 percent complete,” and the main exhibition halls are 96 percent complete.
As the project reaches its completion, teams of experts have transported at least 56,000 artifacts into the structure. So far, they have moved dozens of culturally significant artifacts into the site, which is located near the Giza Pyramid. This is, of course, simply among the 100,000 expected artifacts.
The Grand Egyptian Museum
The GEM will be the world’s largest museum dedicated to a single civilization. It measures roughly 500,000 square meters and costs more than $1 billion.
Interestingly, all that would be exhibited within the structure are Egyptian artifacts. Featuring several objects from prehistory to the Greco-Roman period, as well as the entire collection of Tutankhamun’s treasures. Tutankhamun’s treasures and artifacts alone numbers up to 5,300 artifacts.
Tutankhamun would be assigned an entire gallery featuring artifacts found in his tomb. This gallery is described as the “museum’s “jewel in the crown” as stated on the website of Acciona, a Spanish infrastructure conglomerate.
The museum is expected to open in November, coinciding with the centennial of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb on November 4, 1922. “The (museum’s) opening would be in the second half of the year if the coronavirus-related conditions remain steady,” Egypt’s tourism and antiquities minister Khaled el-Anany told ABC News Cin January.
“We’ll be ready by the middle of the year. But we want to make sure we can accommodate a huge number of visitors. Presidents and kings from all around the world are expected to attend “he added.
Many followers on the ministry’s Facebook page have inquired about the GEM’s formal launch date. “We will announce the opening when the date is set,” they all received the same response.