The Grand Museum of Egypt
Sunday، 15 May 2016 - 12:00 AM
The Grand Museum of Egypt holds in trust for Egypt and the World a chronological statement for the ancient story of Egypt over the past 7000 years of history. Neighboring a timeless wonder, the Giza Pyramids, the new museum is to pay homage to eternal Ancient Egyptian monuments, treasures, and history hosting over 100,000 artifacts 3500 of which belong to the famous Boy King Tut.
The design for the Grand Museum of Egypt was reached as a result of an international architectural competition initiated by the Ministry of Culture on January 7th, 2002. The competition was under the patronage of the UNESCO and supervised by the UIA. It was an open invitation to architects and consultants from around the world to engage in a challenging act of creative design that stipulated a unique architecture for the long anticipated Grand Museum of Egypt. The museum complex furnishes all its visitors with a uniquely enjoyable, educational, and cultural experience.
The Grand Museum of Egypt will allow Egypt to become a major worldwide hub for Pharonic history and the most seek place for Egyptologists. The museum aims at taking grasp of the diversity of Egypt 's heritage of monuments and arts needed to be shown in one place in one location to maintain and preserve this huge legacy all at once.
The site chosen for the GME is only 2km from the legendary Pyramids. Nested between the ancient Great Pyramids and the modern city of Cairo , at the junction between dry desert and the fertile floodplain, the Grand Museum is a portal to the past. The Giza plateau Memphis and it's Necropolis nominated by the UNESCO among the world Cultural Heritage Sites, belonging to the people of the world containing irreplaceable monuments that lived across time and had a strong impact on human history. The museum complex will be built on a plot of land approximately 117 feddans, about 480,000 square meters.
As a cultural and social complex, the Grand Museum is able to create a context in which the development and progress occurring over the Ancient Egyptian culture can be seen, experienced and studied in depth or evaluated and distinguished across time and space to inspire and delight over 15, 0000 visitors a day. The Grand Museum of Egypt will be linked with other museum around the world through satellite communication technology. The main exhibition area is organized into five parallel galleries running north to south, through each of which will run one of five thematic streams. Laid out chronologically, these streams will flow from past back into the present.
The visitor will be able to wander through the thematic streams at will, following one or another from start to finish, or moving from one to the next through links formed by major pieces. Special exhibitions, sculpture gardens, and courtyards in which visitors can rest will act as points of reference for navigation through the galleries.
On the level directly beneath the exhibition galleries will be study collections, the two levels below this will house exhibitions, and a children's museum. In the northern wing of the museum will be shops, leisure activities, a scientific and research institute, an educational center, administrative offices, and a conference center. Surrounding the main building will be parks and open-air exhibits; nearby, and connected to the museum by tunnels, will be the main archaeological storage and research center, as well as the conservation laboratories.
With its unique position on the cusp between the past and the present, the Grand Museum of Egypt will lie at the repository for ancient artifacts that creates an interactive experience for the visitor; it will build a bridge between the past and the future. The GME engages with the public to promote understanding of the ancient Egyptian collection and culture it represent.