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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Gayer anderson museum

Gayer Anderson the British officer in the Egyptian army,and the one who collect many different items from various historical periods , he filled the house with his collection of furniture , glassware ,crystal ,carpets ,silk, and embroidered arab costomers , he also collect beautifull furniture  and art works from turkey , India  ,Persia ,Syria ,and other oriental locations. By doing this , he made his house into a historical treasure chest for any one loves Egypt and middle east
    Gayer Anderson purchased two houses , one built by amina bint salim al gazzar in1540 , the other built by abd al  Qader al Hadad in 1670 , then gayer joined the two houses by veranda above both of the gardens .
·         the first part of the house consists of huge brown containers of water used as a sabil for the people who pass by to drink water in hot days
·         The Sahn or the open courtyard of the house has a semi irregular shape with a white ‎marble fountain in the middle. The Sahn of the house, the same as in many other ‎historical houses in Egypt, is the heart of the house with all the floors and the ‎sections of the house opening at the Sahn .
·         the most interesting item of the house is a big wooden box that is connected with a strong rope , it was used to transfer food and water from stores of the house much like an old dumpwaiter
·         Salamlek ,  a place reserved for men , it consists of a large sofa with a mashrabeya window or decorated balcony behind it  ,there are also some alabaster tables with Qura`an and Islamic decorations ,also some ornate wooden chairs.
·         Haramlek, a place reserved for women , it is abig hall full of furniture and mashrafeya windows for women to watch from the window without being seen, also many sofas ,chairs and tables , this hall has the biggest collection of boxes this because women had a lotof jewelry
·         All around the walls there are many photographs of gayer Anderson alone and with his family
·         The museum contains a wonderful statue of queen Nefertiti  ,a statue of the cat goddess bastet ,there is also some plates of taste el khada , which is a famous Egyptian legend , ahuge bird egg that has Qura`an written on it
·         Portrait of Mohamed ali ,portrait of gayer as a sphinx statue , other one for him in a blue  suit, a portrait for gayer favorite servant and other portraits drew by gayer in his own museum
·         The ceiling of the "Maqa'ad" is rather remarkable with many marvelous plants and ‎geometric golden decorations. There are also some decorated shelves all around the ‎‎"Maqa'ad" and this was where Anderson used to keep his glass items collection ‎which he was fond of
The building, with its wooden mashrabiya (screened windows), is also known for being a set for the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, also used in an Arabic movie called "Shahed El Maleka", meaning "The Honey of the Queen"

Gayer-Anderson was forced by ill health to leave Egypt, and he gave the contents of the house to the Egyptian government. King Farouk gave him the title of Pasha in return. Gayer-Anderson died in England in 1945, and is buried in Lavenham, Suffolk.

the visitor to the ancient Ibn Tulun Mosque could proceed to this museum by going to the northeastern extension of the mosque, where the main entrance door of the museum is located

Entrance price per person
35 EGP
It will be a good deal from USD to EGP , check the converter

Opens at

9:00 AM

Closed at :

4:00 PM

Time to visit :

All season

How to drive to gayer anderson museum

You can get there by car from eltahrir square
Via port said 11 min.
Drive along El Tahrir, El-Gomhoreya Square, El-Sheikh Rihan and Port Said
Take Ahmed Ibn Tolon Sq. to Ahmed Ibn Tolon
Via el tahrir 14 min.
Take El Tahrir, El-Gomhoreya Square, El-Sheikh Rihan, Sekat Rateb Basha Al Kber, and Sheikhoun to Ahmed Ibn Tolon in Tolon
Turn right onto Ahmed Ibn Tolon

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