70% of major artefacts installed in Grand Egyptian Museum as Inauguration nears

Ahram Online , Thursday 10 Aug 2023

Specialists have finished placing 70 percent of the major artefacts and antiquities at the main halls of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), according to a statement issued Thursday by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

A general view of The Grand Egyptian Museum( GEM ).

The announcement was made during a video conference meeting, led by Tourism and Antiquities Minister Ahmed Eissa, to follow up on the progress of construction works at the GEM, the installation of artefacts of various sizes, and the enhancement of visitor services.

Specialists at the museum had installed 50 percent of the major artefacts by late May.  

The participants in the meeting also reviewed the museum's strategy to install 160 artefacts daily in 159 showcases across the main halls, according to the statement.  


The Grand Egyptian Museum stands as one of Egypt's most significant tourism projects, and marks the nation's first eco-friendly museum.

It is also recognized as the largest forthcoming museum dedicated to a single civilization.

The GEM, which will be inaugurated between November 2023 and February 2024, will be seamlessly connected to the Sphinx International Airport.

Many notable pieces are already on display at the museum, such as the statue of King Ramses II, King Merneptah’s victory column, and statues of a king and queen from the Ptolemaic era.

These artefacts have been on display at the museum’s Atrium Hall since March 2023. Visitors who wish to see them need only to book a tour through the museum’s online booking mechanism.

Visitors will also have access to the Hanging Obelisk and the Glass Hall.

The most prominent feature at the GEM will be the exhibition of the Treasures of Tutankhamun, which will be showcased for the first time since their discovery in 1922.


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