In his blog Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, recently met with Stephen Greenberg, President of Metaphor, a British design firm to plan and design the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), also known as the Gizah Museum.
The GEM is primarily going to be an art museum with the purpose of showcasing the best pieces of art from Egypt’s ancient past. An entire third of the GEM will be dedicated to King Tutankhamun. There is talk of King Tut’s golden mask having its own room, so that people can focus on it alone to appreciate its beauty. Much of the Tutankhamun collection being tranferred to the GEM is in need of restoration prior to its transportation.
There will be teaching facilities, lecture halls, a movie theater for educational films, conference rooms as well as a children’s museum to include facilities for special needs children.
The design and construction team is comprised on both Egyptian and foreign workers and work is going according to schedule per Hawass. Greenberg and Hawass will meet again in two months to discuss the progress of the GEM project.
Construction for the GEM began in January of 2002 at an estimated cost of $550 million and is scheduled for completion in 2013.