Wednesday, February 27, 2013

GRAND EGYPTIAN MUSEUM, CAIRO: King Tuts bed, jewelery box, 3 religious boats to arrive in Egyptian museum

848 days to go … Egypt's Antiquities Ministry has announced that the Grand Egyptian Museum will be opened in 2015 on the Cairo-Alexandria Road near the famous Giza Pyramids. The new museum, also known as the Giza Museum, is described as the largest archaeological museum in the world and will house artifacts of ancient Egypt.

Five artifacts from King Tutankhamun’s collection are to be transported to the planned Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) overlooking the Giza plateau for restoration and prepare them to be exhibited in the king’s hall (7500 square meter) when the museum open in 2015. Artifacts are a king's golden wooden bed, plain jewellery box and three tiny wooden religious boats.

Project’s first two phases, including a power plant, fire station, fully-equipped conservation center with 12 labs and four storage galleries were inaugurated in 2010. The third and fourth phases, including the main GEM display building, is under construction.

Now what will happen to the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, Downtown Cairo? 
The Tahrir museum will be dedicated to ancient Egyptian art, displaying large statues and colossi expressing the skills of ancient Egyptian artists and artisans.
The design is by Shih-Fu Peng of the Dublin firm Heneghan, winners of the international architectural competition held in 2003.
By Nevine El-Aref– Ahram Online

The official website for the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM)  Click Here

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