Grand Egyptian Museum

  • The museum will occupy a 50ha site within walking distance of the pyramids at Giza.
  • Visitors can explore behind a translucent stone wall, 800m long.
  • In the shaded courtyard, a 121-tonne statue of Rameses II takes pride of place.


Designed to provide an Egyptology centre of excellence for the next 100 years, the Grand Egyptian Museum will occupy a prestigious site near the pyramids of Giza. Following an international architectural competition, Arup is working on the design of the museum as part of a joint venture.

One of the most striking features of the new museum will be a translucent stone wall, 800m long. Separate from the building, the wall will rise to 40m in places, allowing visitors to explore the sheltered space behind. Illuminated by the dramatic lighting schemes of the main building, the wall will add night-time drama to the desert landscape.

The site's main building will house the museum and a conference centre, connected by a large shaded courtyard. As well as exhibition space, there will be an 800-seat auditorium. Nearby auxiliary and support buildings will house a restaurant, ticketing facilities and other services. On a separate part of the site, the conservation and energy centre will house special laboratories for cleaning, cataloguing and restoring artefacts.

Areas of soft landscaping will provide outdoor leisure areas with internal circulation and access roads winding between them.

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  • Wide courtyard area at Grand Egyptian Museum. Credit Heneghan Peng Architects.Open gallery

    The statue of Rameses II takes pride of place in the courtyard.

  • Exterior of Grand Egyptian Museum, Giza. Credit Heneghan Peng Architects.Open gallery

    The main building will house the museum and a conference centre.