CAIRO - 25 January 2021
Egypt’s Grand Egyptian Museum construction work is about 97% complete.
Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Enany previously announced that the Grand Egyptian Museum will be inaugurated on June,2021.
The display vitrines for the King Tutankhamun galleries are 100% completed and are currently undergoing testing.
He added that 90% of the artifacts for the Grand Staircase have been installed, and the control systems and surveillance cameras are also being finalized.
GEM’s Executive Affairs for Restoration and Transportation of Antiquities Eissa Zidan previously said that the restoration and construction of the world's first hanging obelisk was completed and placed in front of the main facade of the museum, the bottom of the obelisk will contain the cartouches of King Ramses II.
More than 49,603 artifacts were moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum so far.
On October 19, 2019 ministry of antiquities announced the discovery of the largest cache in the cemetery of El-Assasif in Saqqara. The 30 archaeological coffins have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum and will be displayed the halls of the GEM to be called the ‘Hidden Hall’ to hold the coffins. Excavations at the Saqqara necropolis since then have resulted in the discovery of even larger caches.
One of the most important transferred artifacts were the statues of King Ramses II, Sekhmet and Seti, in addition to a huge pink-granite statue of Ramses VI, and another distinguished set of statues that express the mastery of ancient Egyptian art.
A statue of King Khafra made of alabaster and a statue of the priest Kay made of colored limestone, depicting the priest sitting on a seat with a half backrest and a small statue of his wife, and a sarcophagus of king Senusert I were transferred to GEM.