Grand Egyptian Museum opens its doors for visits before official opening

The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) made it possible for Egyptians and foreigners to visit, with several guided tours, to test the readiness of the site before the official opening, through pre-booking on the GEM official website.

Visitors will get tours of the Great Hall and the Glass Hall, in addition to visiting the conference center and the commercial area with the museum’s external gardens and the food court area.

However, the interior spaces of the GEM, including the museum galleries, remain closed until the official opening.

When will the Grand Egyptian Museum inaugurated?

Magdy Shaker, the chief archaeologist at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, said the museum is ready to open, but some external preparations were being finalized before the official opening date announced.

Constructed on approximately 500,000 square meters, the new GEM is located nearby the Giza Pyramids and will house the world’s largest antiquities collection belonging to a single culture’s heritage.

The GEM is set to showcase 5,000 relics from Tutankhamun’s collection as well — including 2,000 artifacts displayed for the first time.

The museum includes huge exhibition halls, and is distinguished by its proximity to the Giza pyramids area and the New Administrative Capital, which makes it a gateway to Egypt’s past, present and future.

It is expected to attract about five million tourists.

How to visit the GEM?

The visit should be booked on the official website of the GEM, during which the visitor determines the date and time of the visit, in addition to determining the type of tours and accordingly the prices are determined.

Free entry tickets are available only at the museum’s main ticket sales windows for children under four years of age and people with special needs. Prices for Egyptians range between LE75 and LE150.

Visiting hours start daily at the Grand Egyptian Museum from 9 am to 6 pm.

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