Besix Orascom JV for the Egyptian Ministry of Culture
Technical development and museographic implementation
The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is the world’s largest museum dedicated to one civilization. Designed by Heneghan Peng Architects, it occupies a total area of more than 90,000 square metres, and is located two kilometers from the pyramids of Giza.
ACCIONA Cultura’s work focused on 4 privileged places of the museum: the main access axis, the Atrium with an over eleven-meter-high statue of Ramses II; the Grand Stairs, 180-metre-long backbone of the museum with large sculptures; the Children’s Museum with 3,500 square metres of exhibition space, a space composed by many interactive elements, games and didactic and audiovisual resources; and, finally, the jewel of the crown, the Tutankhamun Gallery. It has 7,500 square metres of exhibition space and showcases 5,400 artefacts – including around 3,000 that have not been seen before.
In these areas, ACCIONA Cultura incorporated a variety of exhibition elements, such as graphics, models, life-sized reproductions and exhibition and staging lighting and elements to support the museum narrative and contextualize the archaeological pieces. It also conducted a three-dimensional scan of Tutankhamun’s outer burial chamber, to provide an exact digital model of the original.