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Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya), Cairo

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Tour a well-preserved 17th-century complex and see a vast collection of carpets, furniture, and curiosities at Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya), a set of two houses exhibiting a variety of artifacts collected by a British doctor and amateur orientalist. Take a walk in the inner courtyard and admire carved arches and lattices, and tour the thematic rooms with ceramics, portraits, chests, and a wide array of 19th-century furniture. Highlights include the Mohamed Ali Room, a Persian room, a Byzantine room, an ancient Egyptian room, and a Damascus room with elaborate baldachins. Don't miss the secret chamber of Makhba and the harem room. Take a look at our Cairo trip itinerary builder website to schedule your visit to Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya) and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • Very beautiful museum but, unfortunately, there is a huge lack of information and signs. Most items are not labeled or labels don’t give much info at all. Workers give you a tour even if you don’t ask for it, and they also do not share any valuable information. The one we had did not speak English well & he was basically telling us things that we could read from the labels… They expect tips and follow you around which is a little uncomfortable when you want to take your time and stroll around. We felt rushed. Worth the visit if you are prepared for what’s going to happen. Tickets are sold on the spot 60 LE for foreigners.
  • Our last visit a good few years ago had been disappointing, many artifacts had been removed leaving the place looking neglected. Today, following its renovation it’s a very different story. A new separate entrance leads to welcoming and enthusiastic staff, in itself refreshing compared to many tourist sites! The refurbishment has been done well, an eclectic mix of ‘stuff’ collected by Gayer Anderson had us pouring over the masses of items now in display. Information in English and Arabic and the full story of the house. Views from the rooftop of the mashrabeya screens, Ibn Tuloun mosque next door and the Mohamed Ali Mosque of the Citadel in the other direction. Don’t miss the small room where James Bond was famously filmed!

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