The New Grand Egyptian Museum is Set to Open in Early 2019
The Grand Egyptian Museum, a new project meant to boost Egypt’s tourism industry, is expected to open in early 2019. Located near the Great Pyramids of Giza, the development is projected to generate 15,000 new jobs and will be one of the largest archaeological museums in the world.
At a cost of $1 Billion, the magnificent museum will hold around 100,000 artifacts: most of which have been already transferred from other museums and exhibitions around the world for a permanent new home. One of the most impressive artifacts is the gigantic 83-ton and 30-foot-high statue of King Ramses II.
The main highlight will undoubtably be the boy king who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The impressive, never-before-seen, full collection of 5,000 relics of the Tutankhamun collection are expected to attract tourists from around world, while the mummy will remain at the tomb in Luxor’s Valley of the Kings, considering its fragile state would prove difficult to move.
The building is almost the size of 10 soccer fields, the same height as the pyramids. Since early Egyptians did not build temples in sand, the Museum itself is built as such to avoid building a large modern structure over ancient sites.
Our “Into the Promised Land” tour, visits Egypt, Jordan and Israel: we will include a visit to the Grand Egyptian Museum once it opens to the public in early 2019. More details will be announced soon!
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