Several major artifacts, including the Granite Sphinx of Ramses II, were transferred for restoration to Egypt’s under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), ahead of its inauguration in 2020.
In an official statement on Saturday, the antiquities ministry said six huge artifacts were transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.
They include the 6,000-tonne granite sphinx, and a 5-metre-high granite pillar depicting Amenemhat III, among others.
The artifacts are set to be showcased along the new museum’s grand staircase.
A team will work on restoring the pieces prior to the planned inauguration of the GEM next year.
The new museum complex is located on an area of approximately 500,000 square metres adjacent to the Pyramids of Giza.
Construction began in 2006 and has been funded by the Japanese government.
Japan has loaned Egypt $450 million, but the total cost is expected to reach $1 billion, Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany has said.
The museum will contain over 100,000 artefacts, reflecting Egypt’s past from prehistory through to the Greek and Roman periods.
Around 50,000 artefacts have been transferred to the new museum so far.
Egyptian officials hope the new museum will help boost the country’s recovering tourism industry.