An upper Egyptian looking in amazement to the mummy of King Tutankhamun, who died at the age of 18 or 19 - Press photo
CAIRO – 12 October 2020: The whole world is anticipating the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, the largest archaeological museum in the world.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will house over 50,000 artifacts, including all the possessions of the Golden Pharaoh, King Tutankhamun, which will be fully displayed in one place for the first time.
A question remains though: Will the belongings of King Tutankhamun to be displayed in the museum include his mummy? Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, replies.
Waziri said that the transfer of King Tutankhamun’s mummy, which is currently in cemetery 62 in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, will be based on the decision of a large committee that includes specialized experts and scientists.
The decision to keep the mummy in the cemetery or transfer it to the Grand Egyptian Museum for display is mainly dependent on the answer to the question, "What is safer for the mummy?"
Furthermore, Waziri explained that the total construction work that took place in the museum has reached 97 percent.
“To highlight the difficulty of this project, we must clarify an important thing; the remaining work is covered by more than 80 Egyptian and foreign companies and consultants.
Forty six to fifty countries are working within the Grand Egyptian Museum project. In my opinion, there is no country in the world that did not contribute to the project, whether with labor, engineers or raw materials,” said Waziri.
In regards to the Grand Lobby of the Grand Egyptian Museum, Waziri noted: “Fifty five pieces have been installed on the Great Staircase, which will contain approximately 72 pieces of the most important and largest Egyptian monuments of the ancient kings of Egypt. The bases are being completed, and lighting tests are currently undergoing in the stairs for the artifacts to appear clearly.”