Gayer Anderson Museum

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Timings : 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Entry Fee :
Adults: LE 60
Students: LE 30
Camera Usage Fee: LE 50

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Also Refered As:

Bayt al-Kiritliya

Gayer Anderson Museum, Cairo Overview

Situated adjacent to the Mosque of Ahmad ibn Tulun in the Sayyida Zeinab neighbourhood lies the famous Gayer – Anderson Art Museum. Initially serving as the residence to British Major R.G. Gayer – Anderson Pasha, the place is now more popular due to the 17th Century AD artworks and artefacts belonging to the museum.

By visiting the Gayer – Anderson Museum, you can also witness the extensive collection of carpets, furniture and curio decorated carefully throughout the Museum compound. The architecture of the place is divided into different rooms spread across a huge house. Each room depicts artefacts belonging to a different culture, showcasing the rich collection which was once owned by Major Gayer Anderson. For those with deep love and fascination towards artworks and historical events and artefacts, Gayer Anderson Museum is the perfect place to airdrop on. You can either read about the history of the objects exhibited in the Museum or you click pictures with the items, your visit to the place is going to worth it!

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History of Gayer Anderson Museum

The Bayt al–Kiritliya is an iconic structure of local Islamic architecture of Cairo, which was initially built by Hagg Muhammad Salem Galmam el–Gazzar during the Mamluk Period.

What to Expect
During your visit to the Gayer Anderson Museum, you can observe that the museum comprises of two substantial supportive houses constructed using the wall of Mosque of Ibn Tulun. These two buildings of Gayer Anderson Museum have been owned some of the wealthiest Egyptians throughout history.

Museum Ownership
Before passing on to the possession of the Egyptian Government as a museum, the last ownership of the place belonged to Major Gayer Anderson, who lived there from special permission of the Egyptian Government. It is believed that Major Gayer Anderson joined these two houses using a bridging corridor passing over the garden area. When the Major left Egypt in 1942 due to ill health, he handed over the possession of the place, including his personal collection of antiquities, to the Egyptian Government. His collection comprised of antiques gathered from all over Egypt, and mostly included items related to art, textiles, clothing, furnishings etc. He was even entitled with Pasha from King Farouk, the then king of Egypt, in return for the present-day items exhibited by the Museum.

Architecture and Interiors

The internal architecture of the Gayer Anderson Museum is magnificent yet straightforward.

Haramlik and Salamlik
The two houses have been divided into two halves, namely the Haramlik (meant for family residence) and the Salamlik (intended for Guesthouse).

Virtual Tour Through the Museum
With five entrances abiding the place, one is through the garden area. Upon entering the building of the Museum, you will step right into the Courtyard of the site. Floored with white marble with the windows form the Haramlik popping into the Courtyard, one is led to the Haramlik through a staircase originating from the Courtyard.

Throughout the Gayer Anderson Museum, there are large rooms, each of which had a different purpose. These include the Maq’ad or the Reception Room, the Khazna, where coffee breweries were set up, the Makhba, which was used as a secret chamber and the Roof Garden.

Preserved Antiques
The different artefacts and antiquities of different cultures collected by Major Gayer Anderson have even been placed artfully in different rooms. For instance, the Persian Room showcases objects belonging to the later Persian or Shah Abbas Period. Further, the Muhammad Ali Room has been designed in Ottoman fashion, with green and gold decorated walls and Rococo period furniture present in the room. While strolling across the museum, you will come across many sets of artefacts and culture, which would make it challenging to decide your favourite part of the museum.

Sightseeing Near the Museum

In case you are planning to spend some more time in the Sayyida Zeinab neighbourhood, you have a lot of options to utilise your time judiciously. You can pay a visit to the attraction spots situated nearby the Gayer Anderson Museum, some of which include the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, the Mausoleum of Shagaret Al Durr and the Shrines of Sayyida Atika & Muhammad Al Gaafari. All these historic sites promise to give you memories worth remembering as part of your trip to Cairo.


  • Purchase the permission token at the entrance in case you are carrying your Camera.
  • Avoid touching and damaging the antiquities exhibited in the Museum.

Interesting Facts About the Gayer Anderson Museum

The Gayer Anderson Museum is believed to be made over an ancient mountain called Gebel Yashkur, where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the Deluge. Traces of the same can be found in both the Holy Bible and the Qur’an.

How To Reach Gayer Anderson Museum

To reach the Gayer Anderson Museum, you can adopt either of the following modes of transportations as per your convenience:

Car If you are travelling to Gayer Anderson Museum by car or taxi, you need to drive straight to the place situated on Ibn Tulun Street in Cairo Governorate. For this, be prepared to face the hustling traffic whizzing past your vehicle on the streets of Cairo.

Travelling to Gayer Anderson Museum can be very much cheaper in case you are travelling via the City’s subways. This mode of transportation is especially recommended for tourists who are not confident about the streets of Cairo. To reach Gayer Anderson Museum via Subway, one needs to de-board the subway at Saad Zaghloul Subway Station, which happens to be the closest Subway station to the place. Lying at a mere distance of 2 km south to the Museum, one can reach the Gayer Anderson Museum from the Subway station either through taxi or by walk.

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