Grand Egyptian Museum
Scheduled to be open in 2021, Grand Egyptian Museum, also known as Giza Museum, will be the largest archeological museum in the world displaying the biggest collection of King Tutankhamun artifacts, among others.
BESIX Group, a Belgian company, and Orascom Construction, an Egyptian company are behind the construction of this grand museum. Apart from this, the mesmerizing architecture and the size of this museum will leave you fascinated. Shaped like a chamfered triangle, it has been built with a translucent stone wall and the entrance of the Grand Egyptian Museum has imposing statues that will take your breath away.
After the announcement, it is expected to receive two to three million visitors annually. And why not? It houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts the world has ever seen!
Overview of Grand Egyptian Museum
|Address||Alexandria Desert Rd, Kafr Nassar, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt|
|Timing||9 am - 4 pm, Sunday to Thursday|
- The museum has striking architecture.
- The translucent stone walls and pyramid-shaped structure.
- Magnificent statues at the entrance.
- Display of 50,000 artifacts of 19-year old King Tutankhamun.
Grand Egyptian Museum Ticket Prices
The soon to be open Grand Egyptian Museum ticket prices are as follows:
- Cost of entry to Grand Egyptian Museum: INR 1838
About Grand Egyptian Museum
Situated on the valley and on the plateau, you will witness the biggest collection of King Tut at the Grand Egyptian Museum. Once it is inaugurated, you will get a chance to visit one of the world’s largest archaeological museums and admire the striking architecture and statues.
The museum has been built in a 3D design with a series of layers and thus, the visitors can move through a monument forecourt, a shaded entrance, and a grand staircase. The Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza is constructed on a slope and has a 162 feet difference in levels between the Nile Valley from where you will enter and the Giza Plateau, where the prominent galleries are located.
At the entrance stands the grand statue of Ramesses II, from where you will reach the Grand Staircase. It will lead you from valley to plateau, which is further lined up with 87 magnificent statues of pharaohs and gods.
The left of the staircase has four sections - predynastic and Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, New Kingdom (King Tut, Ramesses, and Co), and Greco-Roman. These are further categorized into themes - Beliefs and Eternity (religion), Kingship and Power (rulers), and Society (the rest of us). On the right of the staircase, there are galleries of Tutankhamun.
The Grand Egyptian Museum also has a separate section for children where kids can learn about Egypt’s ancient world with some state-of-the-art visual tricks.
The exhibition space in the museum is as big as four football fields with conference and education facilities, a big convention center, and extensive gardens. Also, in August 2021, the Khufu Ship from the Giza Solar Boat Museum beside the Great Pyramid found its new home and is now displayed at the Grand Egyptian Museum.
Interesting Facts about Grand Egyptian Museum
- The museum has an 83 ton and 30-foot high statue of Ramesses II.
- Museum’s structure is shaped like a chamfered triangle.
- The Grand Egyptian Museum will include the latest technology like Virtual Reality.
A competition was announced in 2002 for the design of this museum complex. Architects from 83 different countries submitted more than 1,550 designs. And the winner was a Dublin-based company called Heneghan Peng Architects that got an award of $250,000.
FAQs for Grand Egyptian Museum
Ans: The Grand National Museum's opening has been announced in the final quarter of 2021.
Ans: The entire project of the Grand Egyptian Museum took 79.5 crores or $795 million.
Ans: Yes. The Grand Egyptian Museum with a display of 50,000 artifacts is the biggest museum in Egypt. It is dedicated to a single civilization and houses the most precious relics.
Ans: The Grand Egyptian Museum holds thousands of documents related to Egyptian civilization along with approx. 5000 objects related to Tutankhamun will be displayed for the first time since their discovery in 1992.