World awaits opening of Grand Egyptian Museum

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Tue, 28 Apr 2020 - 03:14 GMT

The entire world is highly anticipating the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum - ET

The entire world is highly anticipating the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum - ET

CAIRO - 28 April 2020: Under the title "You will not have to wait to see King Tut in the Grand Egyptian Museum", the American magazine Forbes shed light on the virtual tours organized by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Forbes mentioned that museum lovers had to postpone visits to the Grand Egyptian Museum until the end of the COVID-19 epidemic. The American magazine highlighted that the museum’s opening was one of the most anticipated international art events in 2020.

The famed magazine pointed out that while the museum’s opening was postponed until early 2021, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is offering virtual tours on Instagram to the most prominent monuments around the country, where one can tour archaeological sites such as the tomb of Miho in Saqqara and the Pyramid of Djoser as well as many museum exhibitions.

The magazine added that for the lovers of ancient Egypt, the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum is worth the wait, explaining that the prominent billion-dollar landmark includes artifacts collected by Howard Carter from the tomb of King Tutankhamen in 1922, in addition to thousands of treasures that had not been showcased before.

Furthermore, the magazine pointed out that the enormous size of the museum (50,000 square meters) means that visitors may have to set aside more than half a day that most tour operators are currently devoting to the Tahrir Museum in Cairo, where Tutankhamun's treasure once existed.

Although the remains of King Tut have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum, the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, which was built in 1902, many years before the discovery of Tut, will remain a gem in itself.

In addition, the magazine pointed out that the tour operators deal creatively with the postponement of the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the reopening of other Egyptian sites, where visitors will have the opportunity to stand between the feet of the Sphinx, listen to a lecture and dine with Tawfik, the man who supervised the construction and planning stages for the new museum complex.


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