The Project for the Conservation Center in the Grand Egyptian Museum
The Arab Republic of Egypt
3 April, 2008
The Construction Site of the Grand Egyptian Museum (Giza), Conservation Center (GEM-CC), museums and artifact storage across Egypt
June 22, 2008 - March 31, 2016
The Grand Egyptian Museum, the Supreme Council of Antiquities
In response to limited space and facility of the Egyptian Museum, the main archaeological museum in Egypt, the Government of Egypt decided to build the Grand Egyptian Museum (hereinafter called GEM). Upon the request from the Government of Egypt regarding construction of the museum in the Summit of May 2003, the Government of Japan decided to assist for construction of the main building with yen loans (Official Development Assistance) (L/A was concluded in May, 2006).
GEM is expected to house fifty thousand artifacts at the opening and the collection will reach to hundred thousand. The artifacts have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum Conservation Center (hereafter GEM-CC) which was opened in June 2010. Egypt has basic capacity to manage and conserve artifacts. However, improvement in both knowledge and skills to conserve and restore deteriorated artifacts due to previous improper store environment, past treatment and fragile artifacts is required. In addition, a system and expertise to create, maintain and manage appropriate environment for preservation of artifacts on display and storage.
The ultimate goal of GEM is not only to provide a better museum experience but also to establish a global center of Egyptology in terms of both theory and practice. The aim of the GEM-CC is to conserve the artifacts of GEM and other artifacts from all over Egypt, and develop the capacities of the conservators from the whole Egypt, Middle Eastern and North African Countries. The overall goal of this project is that the GEM-CC is established as a conservation and research hub institution with the internationally recognizable standard.
GEM-CC functions as an integrated center for conservation practice and research in Egypt
To technology transfer and capacity development on the following items in various approaches: