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Abdeen Palace Museum

Abdeen Palace Museum Complex, Cairo, Egypt

It is one of the official residences of the President of Egypt. The Abdeen Palace Museum complex features a military museum of all arms presented as gifts to President Mubarak on different occasions, a museum of ancient weapons and a third of the medals and orders of merit bestowed on members of Egypt’s formal royal family and eminent Egyptian figures. Abdeen Palace is a palace in central Cairo, Egypt. It was one of the palaces of the former Egyptian royal family, the descendants of Mohamed Ali. It was built by Khedive Ismail, though he never actually lived in it. The palace, located in the Old Cairo district of Abdeen is today a museum. The upper floors, (the former living quarters of the royal family), are reserved for visiting foreign dignitaries. The lower floors contain the Silver Museum, the Arms Museum, the Royal Family Museum and the Presidential Gifts Museum. A new museum, the Historical Documents Museum was opened in January 2005.
a slice of the Arms Museum, Abdeen, Cairo, Egypt


History In Brief

The stately grandeur of this palace owes to its construction in 1863 at a time when a worldwide cotton shortage meant huge revenues for Egyptian cotton exports. It served as a royal palace until the end of the monarchy in 1952, when it became the home of the president. In the 1980s, President Hosni Mubarak decided to restore the decaying building and turn it into a weapons and medals museum, a process that was interrupted by a major earthquake in 1992. Housing every conceivable means of killing an enemy, the weapons section is always a hit with young males. Its extensive collection of knives, guns and cannons, as well as ingenious combinations, is impressive and well-labelled. Another section is dedicated to a large, and somewhat monotonous, exhibit of medals and gifts presented to President Mubarak on various occasions, as well as medals given to members of the former royal family and Egyptian celebrities.
Inside The Abdeen Palace Museum
Address:
Abdeen Palace Museum
Abdeen Palace Museum Complex, Moustafa Abdel Raziq Street, off Abdeen Square, Abdeen, Cairo, Egypt
Tel.: +20-2-857938, +20 2 391 0042
Train Subway: Naguib

Last Updated on Sunday 16th January 2011