A stone’s throw from the iconic Cheops pyramids, another soon to be famousman-made creation rises, towering over the Giza Plateau: The Grand Egyptian Museum. An ultra-modern building of unprecedented proportions, this immense edifice stretching over 117 acres is nearly completed, with its inauguration scheduled for the end of 2020.
With its 20 years of construction punctuated with pitfalls and dead ends, 5000 daily onsite workers and 1-billion-dollar budget, it is the biggest construction site the world has ever seen. In the 260,000 square feet dedicated to the permanent collection, the new museum will house 100,000 priceless archaeological artefacts including numerous ones that have never been shown to the public. The world-renowned funerary mask will have pride of place among the 4500 relics displayed from Tutankhamen’s treasures. Crowning stroke in the design and layout of the museum space: the 15,000 expected daily visitors will be greeted at the entry bythe pride of the nation – the colossal Ramses II statue.
Through a combination of illustrated archives and 3D sequences of the building’s construction, as well as explanations by the experts involved, we will delve into the heart of this pharaonic project – the greatest Egyptian works ever undertaken since the pyramids.