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Taha Hussein Museum or Ramatan

inside the Taha Hussein Museum or Ramatan

The Taha Hussein Museum or "Ramatan" is made up of two stories. The ground floor houses Dr. Taha Hussein's study and a part of his 7,000 book library, a great reception hall where he received men of letters, politicians and artists every Sunday evening. In one of the corners of this hall stand a huge piano, a gramophone and records of rare musical works by Schubert, Verdi, Bach, Mozart, Schumann and others.


In recognition of all Dr. Taha Hussein's achievements for Egypt the State bought his residence in the Pyramids district after his death and converted it into a museum carrying the name "Ramatan" which literally means in Arabic the two oases where traveling caravans stop to take rest. As Dr. Taha Hussein was keen on having his son Dr. Moeniss share his residence, he designed the villa with two entrances to preserve each one's privacy and freedom. That is why he called it "Ramatan" or two places of rest for him and his son.

The museum or "Ramatan" is made up of two stories. The ground floor houses Dr. Taha Hussein's study and a part of his 7,000 book library, a great reception hall where he received men of letters, politicians and artists every Sunday evening. In one of the corners of this hall stand a huge piano, a gramophone and records of rare musical works by Schubert, Verdi, Bach, Mozart, Schumann and others.
Taha Hussein Museum or Ramatan, Giza, Egypt
The top floor has three bedrooms and a small hall where there is a closet enclosing all the decorations, medals and orders which the Doyen received during his lifetime. The garden has a bust for Dr. Taha Hussein by the noted Egyption sculptor Farouk Ibrahim. A smaller building designed in the same style of the villa has been converted into a cultural center which will be used for holding seminars and cultural exhibitions to keep Dr. Hussein's legacy alive .

Artist Muhammad Taha Hussein is one of those artists who are characterized for leadership, comprehensiveness and Institution. The Egyptian Artistic Movement knew him since the beginning of 60`s exploding his creative energy in different branches of art, and participating and establishing a pioneering role in opening horizons of fine thinking to worlds of artistic movement and directing its courses; hence, his artistic vision started out of his belief in the importance of message, and the necessity of art. (Taha Hussein) felt the responsibility to put, along with his concerned fellow artists, the artistic movement in its appropriate place in the Egyptian civilization system exceeding the restriction of events, situations and the fixed legacies to comprehensive human issues using the patterns achieved by ancient civilizations like Pharaonic and Islamic ones to discover worlds of his creativity. More details about: Artist Muhammad Taha Hussein

Address:
The Taha Hussein Museum or "Ramatan"
Total Objects : 247
11 Dr. Taha Hussien, Helmiyat al-Ahram Street (by al-Haram Street), Giza, Egypt
Tel: 02 35852818 - 02 35852518, +20 (0)2 391 3454

Last Updated on Sunday 16th January 2011