Opening Of Big Egyptian Museum: 2020

The opening of the long-delayed Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) near the Pyramids of Giza has slid again, to 2020. As recently as June, officials said the museum would open partially in 2019 for the unveiling of its star attraction—all 5,400 objects from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The full opening was expected to follow in 2022, the centenary of Howard Carter’s discovery of the boy pharaoh’s tomb. The Egyptian government’s new ambition is for the entire 490,000 sq. m complex to open in 2020, says Tarek Tawfik, GEM’s director. The museum was first announced in 1992 and initially scheduled to open in 2012.

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