Why You Should Visit Egypt in 2020 – Egypt ranks high on travel bucket lists across the world. It’s no surprise – the country is famous for its ancient history, treasures, warm sunshine, and the novel Nile River. But Egypt has so much more to offer. Stop peering over that luxury destination booklet and settle on Egypt for your next getaway. It literally has everything a dream vacation is meant to be.
And there’s never been a better time to move Egypt up to the top of your list. 2020 is the year the country’s opening the world’s largest museum of archaeology – the Grand Egyptian Museum, or GEM, in Cairo. And what a “gem” it is. If you’ve ever been to Cairo’s other museum located in Tahrir Square, then you probably remember it’s really nothing more than a bunch of rooms with Egyptian treasures stockpiled. There’s no real rhythm or rhyme to Egyptian Museum. But the Grand Egyptian Museum will lead you on a journey through Ancient Egypt. And the location couldn’t be better! The new museum is very near the Giza plateau just outside of Cairo. The view from the museum gazes out over the great pyramids – what an atmosphere! Adding to the ambiance is the nearby newly-opened Sphinx Airport, soon to be operating domestic flights.
The Grand Egyptian Museum’s first mention was way back in 1992. The idea was to overcome the stigma associated with Egyptian museums and their unsatisfying relics – not to mention the horrendous traffic in downtown Cairo. Also, the curators wanted to be certain there would be enough space to house all the incredible Egyptian finds and have enough room for the world to visit them comfortably. The resulting museum was built on several levels beginning at the Nile Valley’s floor and cascading up towards the Giza Plateau. It is on this upper level that you’ll find the museum’s main galleries.
Throughout the museum’s grounds, you’ll find several sculpture gardens. Upon arriving at the atrium, you’ll be greeted by a massive Ramses II statue. Then up to the Grand Staircase that leads from valley to plateau level – the entire staircase is lined with the statues of 87 of Egypt’s Kings. And finally, to a path enclosed by glass windows that overlook the pyramids below.