The GEM Complex is now offering limited tours to test site readiness and the visitor experience ahead of the official opening. Access is currently limited to the Grand Hall, Glass Court, conference center, commercial area and exterior gardens. All other interior spaces, including access to the galleries and collections, are restricted until the official opening.
The Grand Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, destined to become the largest museum in the world dedicated to a single civilization,that of Ancient Egypt, begins to come alive. The museum, which began construction in 2012, has been hosting select public events since November and since March it has also offered limited guided tours, designed to test its facilities, as a step prior to its grand opening (date to be announced).
The visits open the doors for visitors to the main reception of the museum, where there is a colossal 11-meter-high statue of Pharaoh Ramses II. They also allow you to walk through the exterior gardens of the complex and access the commercial area, which has restaurants, cafeterias and shops. However, the rest of the facilities, including all the galleries, will remain closed to the public until the official opening.
The Grand Egyptian Museum, located just two kilometers from the pyramids of Giza, is set to replace the historic museum of antiquities in downtown Cairo. Once inaugurated, it will house tens of thousands of objects from across the country's rich and extensive pharaonic era in its many galleries, including two reserved exclusively for the complete collection of King Tutankhamun's tomb.
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