The new Grand Egyptian Museum will finally open its doors early this year
After multiple setbacks due to the pandemic, the new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is set to be unveiled in 2023. In what will become the largest archeological museum in the world, it definitely will be worth a visit.
Two decades ago, the Egyptian government conducted an international design competition for a new museum outside of Cairo, Egypt and a mile away from the Pyramids of Giza. One of the most highly anticipated institutions in the world is now preparing for its launch after 20 years of planning.
The new Grand Egyptian Museum is designed by the Irish firm Heneghan Peng Architects and features a monolithic design along with a gigantic entrance and over 100,000 artifacts. Some of these will include King Tutankhamun’s collection of relics and items from both Egyptian history and prehistoric times.
GEM measures at over 5.2 million square feet and is expected to hold about 15,000 guests each day, which equates to over five million guests per year!
“This will be the museum of the 21st century. All means of modern technology have been taken into consideration in order to make this an unforgettable experience for the visitor, but at the same time provide the best possible environment for the artifacts,” stated director general Tarek Tawfik.
Visitors can expect to view the 3,200-year-old statue of Ramses II at the front of the main entrance. The new Grand Egyptian Museum will also hold a children’s museum and an education center.
The completion of the build was delayed by Heneghan Peng Architects due to a mix of monetary issues, political unrest, and environmental hurdles. GEM reportedly cost $1 billion to construct, more than double its $500 million initial budget. Tawfik believes the results will be worth it, especially for the country’s citizens.
“Egyptians have always really held onto this project, knowing deep inside that this is something very important for them to provide a modern, safe environment for this priceless heritage,” Tawfik added.