The GEM will be Opening early 2021, however the project will be completed in October 2020. The delay in opening the GEM is due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. Egypt will welcome yet another Jewel of the Nile. The Grand Egyptian Museum, aka the GEM. Currently, many artifacts await their debuts in the basement of the Cairo Museum or in surrounding warehouses. The GEM will have the room to display many of these unseen treasures. In addition, the New Egypt Museum will have Tutankhamen’s entire tomb, containing over 5,000 items. The treasures will move into its new home and be displayed in its entirety for the very first time. Archaeologists, Egyptologists, and tourists are anxiously awaiting for this museum. The GEM will be the largest archaeological museum in the world.
The GEM’s Location and eventually connected to the Pyramids Complex
The GEM, situated less than two miles from the Giza Plateau. It will serve as the gateway between the ancient Pyramids of Giza and the modern city of Cairo. Its views of both will be stunning. In addition to the museum space, will contain parks, gardens, observation areas, cafes, restaurants, an amphitheater, a conference center, a children’s museum, and workshop areas. A fire station and energy center will also be housed within the GEM complex area.
The Mission of the GEM and its unique design
According to the official GEM website whether for adults or children visitors. “The mission of the museum is to preserve, document, conserve, research, exhibit its collections and educate and entertain them. The major concern of the museum is to satisfy visitors through serving as a world –class, hospitable and dynamic institute. It will engineer new experiences capable of raising the visitors’ curiosity and including the pleasure of discovery and enjoyment of culture.”
The GEM should fit well into the existing landscape. The challenge has been to design a building with a unique beauty. It will not compete with the amazing beauty of the Giza Pyramids. Its design will be like the foldings within the desert sand (desMena). The façade of the GEM will be a translucent alabaster stone that uses geometrical shapes (Sierpinski fractal pattern). This will be as well as light to provide for a visually stunning building. Its north and south walls line up with the Great Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Menkaure.
The GEM will house over 100,000 artifacts
While the GEM 2020 will house about 100,000 artifacts spanning 7000 years of Egyptian history. It will also include the latest technology. There will be virtual reality exhibits. The museum will also promote contact with other local and international museums. This will be by providing an international center of communication. Visiting the Grand Egyptian Museum will definitely be a highlight to any Egypt adventure.
You should start planning your Egypt Tour and include this amazing largest archaeological museum in the world.