Gayer-Anderson Museum or the House of the Cretan Woman is an art museum located in Ahmed Ibn Tulun st., Sayeda Zeinab neighborhood.
When you pass by this ancient street, an antique house will certainly attract your attention. Every wall in the house appears as if it is whispering many secrets, and as soon as you enter the main lobby and stand between the folds of its walls, at first glance, you will feel as if you have returned to the past time and are living moments of history.
The Gayer Anderson Museum is an antique house that consists of two residences dating back to the Ottoman era. These residences are considered rare and unique Islamic monuments and they are the house of Muhammad bin Salem and the house of Mrs. Amna bint Salem, who was the last owner of the house, so it was called the House of the Cretan Woman as the woman traces her origins to the island of Crete.
In 1935 AD, Gayer Anderson, a doctor in the English army, applied at the Committee for the Preservation of Arab Antiquities to live in the two houses, after he was attracted by the architecture and decorations of the two homes, and he obtained the committee’s approval on the condition that the furniture of the two houses and Anderson’s group of antiquities became the property of the Egyptian people after his death or when he left Egypt.