Tue, 13 Oct 2020 - 01:44 GMT
FILE - King Tutankhamun's Golden Mask
CAIRO – 13 October 2020: The whole world is anticipating the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum. Once completed, it will be the biggest museum in the world dedicated to a single civilization.
The Grand Egyptian Museum is built on a huge area, and will house a large number of artifacts of the grandiose ancient Egyptian civilization. The museum will also exhibit all the personal belongings of King Tutankhamun, the most popular king in ancient Egypt, all in one place for the first time ever.
However, the question that begs itself is: What will happen at the time of the transfer of King Tutankhamun’s mask? Will there be a procession to transport the like the royal mummies?
Egypt’s Minister of Tourism & Antiquities Khaled el-Anani replies.
Anani stated that the Grand Egyptian Museum will make a quantum leap for Egyptian tourism when it opens. The artifacts displayed in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, such as Tutankhamun's mask, will be transferred just before the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, so that visitors of the Tahrir museum can still enjoy it until the Grand Museum opens, as it is one of the most important artifacts in the world.
Anani added that the King Tutankhamun's mask will be transferred to the GEM in a big celebration. “I can already picture in my mind the mask being transferred in an armored vehicle inside a glass case. Just like the royal mummies, the mask will be transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum in a grandiose procession. Tutankhamun’s mask will be transferred in a way that befits the most famous artifact in the world,” said Anani.
According to Anani, the total construction work done in the museum has reached 97 percent. The installation of 55 pieces has been completed on the Great Staircase, which will contain approximately 72 pieces of the most important and largest Egyptian monuments of the various ancient kings of Egypt.