Gayer-Anderson Museum
Museum type :
Archaeological Museum

Established in :

Holidays :

Visiting Hours :
Daily 8-5

Contact No :
01223 332 900

Location :
Cairo , Egypt

Display Objects :

The museum includes the private collection of

  • Major Gayer-Anderson

  • Furniture

  • Glassware

  • Crystal

  • Carpets

  • Silks and embroidered Arab costumes.

  • Description :

    • The museum consists of two houses built using the outer wall of the Mosque of Ibn Tulun as support.

    • The larger house, located to the east (the outermost side in relation to the mosque) was built in 1632 (1041 AH) by Hajj Mohammad ibn al-Hajj Salem ibn Galman al-Gazzar.

    • It later came into the possession of a wealthy Muslim woman from Crete, and the home became popularly known as Beit al-Kritliyya, or "House of the Cretan Woman".

    • The construction of private homes against the outer wall of a mosque was common practice, with access to both the homes and mosque via narrow streets.

    • It was reported that in the early 20th century, the mosque of Ibn Tulun could not be seen from the outside due to the houses.

    • In 1928 the Egyptian government began to clear the homes, many of which were in very poor condition, away from the mosque as part of a plan to make important Islamic monuments more accessible.

    • The Committee for the Conservation of Arab Monuments objected to the demolition of Beit al-Kritliyya, however, on the grounds that the home was extraordinarily well preserved.

    • The home was kept intact, and repairs were made to the side walls to strengthen them after the neighboring houses were torn down.