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Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya)

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Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya)

204 Reviews
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Mkjohnsen wrote a review Mar. 2020
Seattle, Washington52 contributions16 helpful votes
This place is a jewel in a land of many fascinating sites. I had never heard of it but it was a spectacular take in, the collection of art and furniture was really beautiful but the building itself is lovely and really helped get a feel for how life was lived. Small courtyards, summer balconies for catching any cool breeze-one really can get a sense of how life was lived. And the architectural details are amazing....I went back to my photos of details from The Alhambra and saw them recreated here in the courtyard. In the land of the pyramids and spectacular churches and mosques, this ended up being one of our five favorite take ins.
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Date of experience: March 2020
EgyptianGoddess wrote a review Mar. 2020
Alexandria, Egypt1,012 contributions137 helpful votes
Right next door to the Ibn Tulun Mosque. It can be a bit hard to find by just mentioning the museum, but if you ask for the mosque you will end up in the right place without too much discussion. We took a taxi to and from this place which was easy, and taxis are frequent from the big road just a two minute walk from the museum door so no need to pay for one to wait. Included in the price of entry is a free tour of the whole museum which really adds to the experience. We gave our guide a private thankyou tip at the end of the tour regardless. A complete tour of the museum should take no more than an hour. Toilets are available in the courtyard and are fairly decent.
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Date of experience: March 2020
timetobeinspired wrote a review Mar. 2020
Calgary, Canada237 contributions62 helpful votes
This museum, made up of two very old homes (16th and 17th centuries) which were restored by a British military physician during the 30’s and 40’s, offer a glimpse into the past not available elsewhere. The rooms are done in different period styles and contain amazing artifacts. After a large school group left there were very few visitors so we could take our time and see everything. The odd part was that we started with a casual guide who was very helpful, but we were passed on twice to other guides, so we had to tip 3 times. It wasn’t an issue - just interesting, and they were all quite helpful.
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Date of experience: March 2020
JohnD wrote a review Feb. 2020
5 contributions3 helpful votes
This is a brilliant museum built around the collection of one man all in the house where he used to live. Note - it can be a little difficult to find as you need to go into the outer courtyard of the adjacent mosque. We were told about it and just turned up and had an excellent tour by a staff member, it is Egypt so obviously for a little tip.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Mike S wrote a review Dec. 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
The Gayer-Anderson Museum is located close to one of the important mosques in Cairo. Our guide encouraged us to spend time here, walking through this "double house" over a narrow street with cooling breezes on a warm afternoon in Cairo. The house itself is several hundred years old and was used by a British serving officer during his assignment here. An avid collector of middle eastern art and furnishings, Col. Anderson decorated both the public and private areas of the home with an interesting array of art work, furniture, and sculptures. As is typical of merchant homes of the period, the occupants are able to look out over the street through screened windows to monitor visitors to the house without being immediately seen. You should look for the large water jug placed near the public window- cups of water were offered to thirsty travelers and neighbors through a window. A large cisterm in the lower level assured adequate water supply. Worth 1 hour of your time. Cameras permitted. It is possible to tour without your own guide, but paid guards will never be far away as you move from room to room,
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Date of experience: December 2019
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