First Khufu Solar Ship Transferred to Grand Egyptian Museum
Pharaoh Khufu's ship, a solar barge that would metaphorically sail him to the afterlife, will be transferred to its new resting place at a special display in the Grand Egyptian Museum.
Dating back to 2566 BC, the Khufu Ship is one of history’s oldest and most well-preserved royal vessels, built to ceremoniously send its namesake into the afterlife. This largely-intact, masterpiece of woodcraft has been kept in the Giza Solar Boat Museum since 1982, flanking the Great Pyramids of Giza. Now, after months of preparations, this ancient solar barge will be transferred to its new resting place at a special display in the Grand Egyptian Museum.
According to the General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum Project, Atef Moftah, the royal ship will be moved in June 2021. During the official transfer event, there will be two platforms available for the media to observe the royal ship’s exit and arrival to the Grand Egyptian Museum.
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