Arts & Culture

Grand Egyptian Museum Will Be Run Independently and Internationally

Grand Egyptian Museum Will Be Run Independently and Internationally

The site of the Grand Egyptian Museum, located near the Giza Pyramids. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
The site of the Grand Egyptian Museum, located near the Giza Pyramids. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

The Grand Egyptian Museum, which is set to be Egypt’s largest and primary museum, will have international and independent directorship and management, announced Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities.

The long awaited museum, which was initially set to open in 2015 but is now scheduled for a 2018 opening, will be managed independently to ensure that it is free of bureaucratic restraints, said Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty.

The Minister cited that this was previously done with Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria’s library, which opened in 2002 and has administrative independence.

“We have a plan for it to have independence and an international board of trustees like the Library of Alexandria,” said the Minister according to AP.

While the Museum’s construction has faced numerous delays, a new conservation and restoration centre for antiquities has been developed and is already in operation, with experts working on antiquities that will be displayed at the Grand Egyptian Museum once it is opened.

Rising Costs

In April, the Minister of Antiquities said that the cost of the project went up from $US 800 million to $US 1 billion.

According to the Minister, the increase in expenses came as the Egyptian pound weakened against the US dollar.

In an effort to boost funding, Egypt’s government had announced in April that it will provide $US 37 million towards the completion of the Grand Egyptian Museum. A further $US 140 million will be provided from Japan. The Japanese Agency for Development Cooperation (JICA) had pledged to contribute towards 45 percent of the required financing of the Museum.

The Egyptian government further announced that it would form a committee to coordinate with JICA to explore new ways to finance and implement the project as it represents a “universal human value” and will provide Egypt’s national economy with a strong boost.

The Grand Egyptian Museum will be Egypt’s largest and primary museum and will be built over 117 acres. The Museum will house at least 100,000 antiquities and will be the home of King Tutankhamun’s mummy.

Anti-Stress Coloring Books are Egypt's New Answer to Increasing Depression Tendencies
Egyptian Artist at Disney, DreamWorks, Warner Bros and Universal Studios Dies at 64


Subscribe to our newsletter


Arts & Culture

More in Arts & Culture

How the Crocodile Became An Enduring Egyptian Symbol

Eleonora Christo Vostanis1 July 2022

How Beyoncé’s Egyptian Tour Photographer Found Courage in the Shadow of Cancer

Mirna Abdulaal30 June 2022

Oaks and Corks: The Brief History of Wine in Egypt

Farah Rafik29 June 2022

Old Egyptian Songs that Scream Summer

Farah Rafik28 June 2022

“Obelisks in Exile”: The Ethics of Obelisks Abroad

Mona Abdou27 June 2022

In Photos: Discovering the Dazzling Art of Sham’adan Belly Dancing in Egypt

Farah Rafik24 June 2022

Master Traditional Egyptian Crafts at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization’s Art Workshops

Marina Makary23 June 2022

Egyptian Amir El-Masry Cast as Mohamed Al-Fayed in Season 5 of Netflix’s ‘The Crown’

Seif Saleh23 June 2022