As you walk around the Sayyida Zeinab area, specifically Ahmed Ibn Tulun Square, your eyes will fall on one of Egypt's most important archaeological museums, the "Gayer Anderson Museum". Given its importance, let us know its story together.
This museum consists of two houses, one built in the sixteenth century, and the other in the seventeenth century. Crete. It is noteworthy that the two houses were subjected to successive residents until they came under the supervision of the Egyptian Antiquities Preservation Committee in 1920 AD.
Then appears to us "Gair Anderson", the doctor and officer in the English army who transferred to the service of the English army in Egypt in the early twentieth century. As a result of his love for Egypt, he was determined to stay there even after he was referred to retirement. In 1935 AD, Anderson concluded an agreement with the Committee for the Preservation of Egyptian Antiquities to allow Anderson to reside in the house and carry out its restoration,
And he put his archaeological holdings in them, on the condition that this house will be transformed after his death or leaving Egypt into a museum that bears his name. Indeed, this agreement was implemented in 1942, after Anderson returned to his country.
And now it remains for us to talk about what the museum contains, as it contains many artifacts from different civilizations, which reflects to us Anderson's love for Islamic and Pharaonic antiquities. We also find that the museum contains twenty-nine halls, Including the Masterpieces of Al-Kretaliya Hall, which contains the most beautiful antiques in the house. There is also a hall of the Scientific Archive, which contains pictures of the house in different stages, ranging from the beginnings, the restoration stages, and after. This is in addition to halls belonging to certain civilizations, such as the Chinese, Persian and Indian hall.
It is worth noting that this unique architectural style museum has been used in some films, whether Egyptian or foreign, and among these films, “Harafish,” “Qasr El-Shawq,” and “The Spy Who Loved Me”.
And here the museum story ends. Let us know from you other museums that you have visited before.