Exciting News! Egypt is about to open a huge new museum after working on it for 20 years and spending a billion dollars.
This museum, called the Grand Egyptian Museum or GEM, is unique because it’s the largest in the world dedicated to just one ancient civilization: Egypt!
Where Is It?
It’s right between Cairo, Egypt’s capital, and the famous Great Pyramid of Giza. That’s a perfect place for tourists who want to explore old treasures.
The GEM is massive, covering 120 acres of land. Inside, there are 100,000 ancient items. The best part? About 20% of these cool things will be on display for everyone to see. It has 12 big rooms filled with fascinating stuff.
The museum has amazing things like Tutankhamen’s burial box and all the 5,000 things found in his tomb in 1922. There’s also a giant 30-foot-tall statue of Ramses the Great, which is over 3,000 years old! And don’t forget the Khufu ship, a very old boat from 2500 BC found near the Great Pyramid.
A Long Journey
The GEM had a tough time being built. Delays happened because of money problems in 2018, the Arab Spring in 2011, and the COVID pandemic.
Even though we don’t know the exact day it’ll open, some people think it might be late in 2023. The opening will be a big celebration!
Egypt’s Plan for Visitors
Egypt wants to bring in even more tourists in the next five years, with a goal of 30 million people visiting by 2028. Even with some troubles like the Israel-Hamas conflict nearby, Egypt’s tourism is doing pretty well.
Some countries say it’s safe to visit Egypt, but the U.S. Department of State has told Americans not to go there since July 2023. It’s a good idea to check the latest travel advice before planning your trip.
Get ready because Egypt’s Grand Egyptian Museum is going to be a fantastic place for history lovers and anyone curious about ancient Egypt’s amazing past!