Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya)

Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya)

Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya)
4.5
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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This museum features the items of antiquity collected by John Gayer-Anderson, a British member of the Egyptian civil service in the 1930s and ‘40s, who restored two adjacent 16th- and 17th-century houses decorated with mashrabiyya screens and marble inlays.
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary1,667 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
We bougth one ticket for both places: Mosque of Ibn Tulun and this museum. A guide accompanied us and showed this rich collection of the British officer. The building itself is also very interesting with inner yards, fountains, winding corridors, secret rooms, etc. Originally there were two buildings (from 16. century) connected by a covered bridge. We enjoyed the visit, this place was fabulous. A James Bond movie was filmed here in 1977.
Written 24 April 2023
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MRichardson2014
Lake of Bays, Canada935 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
This museum is a very good example of 16th and 17th century Egyptian housing for the wealthy. It contains artifacts that Gayer Anderson collected in his travels in the early 1900s in the line of duty as a British officer. These are displayed over several rooms in both houses. The museum features the men’s rooms, the ladys’ rooms and the shared rooms. The problem was twofold. - this small museum had several large tour groups, making it difficult to move about; and the museum guide rushed us through the displays and only showed courtesy and attention at the end of the tour when he was looking for additional tips. We were disappointed.
Written 26 December 2022
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suzanne w
2 contributions
Nov 2022
This is a beautiful house with a fascinating story and lots of collections to explore. The best way, ever, to imagine private life in Cairo centuries ago, as well as the British experience in the early 20th century.

We went there with our Djed tour guide as part of a walking tour of medieval Cairo.
Written 3 December 2022
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TJim60
2,847 contributions
Feb 2022
Two traditional Cairo houses (17th Century CE) nicely restored/decorated by a British army officer who was "transferred" to service in the Egyptian Army in the early 1900s.

This is an excellent opportunity to see the inside of a traditional Cairo house. 17th Century C.E.

Along with G-A's collection of various artifacts and antiques organized into a series of rooms.

Generally, there is a resident guide (who you should tip) who will explain the construction of the houses and function of the rooms, including those features designed to allow women to view what was going on in the street or in the house without "exposing" themselves.

One illustration of those features is the "secret" room where women could congregate to chat and watch the goings on in the house.

See the pictures I've posted of the entrance to this chamber.

Be sure to ask about the design features to provide relief from the heat in the days before air conditioning.

The museum is around the corner from the Ahmad Ibn Tulun Mosque. So you can combine a visit to both.
Written 29 October 2022
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swisstraveller
Berne666 contributions
Oct 2022
This is my favorite place in Cairo. The museum is off the beaten path, which is good. I would totally recommend to visit it after or before visiting the next door beautiful Ibn al Tulun Mosque. Come there in the morning (the mosque opens at 9am). The museum is full of beautiful furniture, rooms, views and very private. Take your time to enjoy it and dont get rushed by your tour guide (our tour guide tried to rush us). The roof top terrace is great, you get very nice views of the Ibn Tulun mosque, and James Bond was also here ;-) (in the movie "The spy who loved me".
Written 23 October 2022
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bgtoca
Vancouver, Canada117 contributions
Sept 2022
This museum is a bit off the tourist beaten path. Our local tour guide took us there after we visited the Ibn Tulun mosque. The museum is a bit hard to find, its adjacent to the mosque. It consists of 2 beautifully restored houses that are joined together. They are exquisitely decorated with period pieces of the private collection of Dr Gayner-Anderson. Despite his scandalous personal life, he did an outstanding job preserving the houses, so that future generations can see how the wealthy in Cairo lived many years ago. There were very few visitors when we visited which was lovely as the stairwells can be a bit claustrophobic and it can be hard to take photos when there are crowds. There is no air conditioning, so brace yourself for a sweaty experience unless you're visiting in the cooler winter months.
Written 2 October 2022
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Tessa C
2 contributions
Sept 2022
This is 2 houses joined together. They were purchased by Dr Anderson who left them to the Egyptian people when he left Cairo in 1943. They are traditional Islamic houses, beautifully restored and give a brilliant insight into life in Cairo at that time, plus Dr Anderson filled the rooms with his collection of antiques from all over.
Written 15 September 2022
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joel w
Gateshead, UK9 contributions
Jun 2022
what a beautiful little gem hidden away in downtown egypt, i personally think everyone should visit this gorgeous little museum, so well kept

Written 15 August 2022
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Sal
52 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
One of Cairo hidden tourist places .. it tells the love story between Gayer anderson the doctor in the British army n Egypt .. you take a tour in his two beautiful houses .. we were lucky to hv a skilled guide .. wael Al assaily .. thanks man
Written 9 May 2022
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Jazzumbo
Romania1,772 contributions
Dec 2021
This Islamic architectural masterpiece was the home of a family originally from Crete. There are actually two medieval houses, joined together, restored and refurnished by Major Gayer-Anderson, an Englishman who lived in them from 1935 to 1942.
The houses are well preserved and give a good idea about the level of luxury and comfort that could be attained by wealthy people of Cairo about three hundred years ago.
Major Gayer Anderson was a great collector of Oriental art and the main pieces of his collection are on display in various thematic rooms, named according to the origin of the exposed artifacts: Persian, Byzantine, Egyptian, Chinese, Indian, Syrian (or Damascus Room) and so on.
The light, filtered through mashrabiya windows, creates a magic ambiance all over the place. The polychrome fountain, Ottoman tiles, alcoves, multicolor cushions, richly decorated ceiling beams and coffee tables give visitors the feeling of Oriental movie stage.
Even a few scenes from a James Bond series movie were shoot here.
Written 10 January 2022
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