Egypt Independent

Egypt races against time to build biggest artefact museum in the world



The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry is currently intensifying its efforts to complete the transfer of antiquities from the Egyptian Museum located inside Tahrir square and other archeological locations to the Egyptian Grand Museum, which is still under construction.

The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry is seeking turning the Egyptian Grand Museum into the biggest museum in the world and also to rightly value the antiquities pieces being displayed there that are affiliated to the Pharaonic, Greek and Roman civilizations.

According to the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram, the Egyptian Grand Museum will comprise 100,000 artifacts; only 42,000 pieces have been arrived to the museum so far.

The Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled Anany stated previously that the Grand Egyptian Museum will be opened by mid-2018 and also noted that the total cost of the construction process of the establishment will be EGP 20 billion.

Moreover, the Egyptian Minister of International Co-operation Sahar Nasr has also asserted that the museum will be one of the biggest museums in the world. It is expected to contribute to the development of Egypt’s tourism sector, providing an international museum for the 21st century that shows the development of Egyptian civilization throughout the ages.