The museum consists of houses:
1. The larger house located to the east, it was built by al-Hag Muhammad Ibn el-Hag Salem el-Gazar. A wealthy Muslim woman from Crete was lived there so the house named after her name as Beit el-Kritiliya or the house of the Crete woman.
2. The second house located to the west, it was built by Abd al-Kader al-Hadad, it later became known as Beit Amna bent Salem after its last owner.
The two houses are joined by a bridge at the 3rd floor level.
There is a marble fountain in the center. To the right, there is a well of bats. There is a big wooden box that is connected with a strong rope; it was used to transfer food and water from stores of the house.
It’s charitable foundations for the free distribution of drinking water. This example is unique as it’s attached to the house rather than to religious building. There is a Mediterranean boat, maybe it has the same function of the funerary boats which is used by the dead person to guarantee his rebirth in the afterlife.
The Study and the Kuttab:
On the 2nd floor, we will find 2 rooms: the study and the kuttab. In the entrance, there are white masks that Anderson made of him and his family. There is a chair and the corona type writer that were used by Anderson for his writing. There are photos of Anderson with his family and his wife. The Kuttap was used for teaching the children the Quran but it’s now contains objects of Sufism and Islamic calligraphy.
The Persian Room:
There is a big red bed, designed by Anderson in a Persian style. Next to Anderson’s bed, there is another bed belonged to his favorite servant. There is a Turkish carpet decorated with railway train. There are some pictures of Persian warriors.
The Byzantine Room:
It’s a bridge connecting the Beit el-Kritiliya with the house of Amna bnt Salem. Its contents are Byzantine and Coptic. It contains old crosses, icons and picture of St. Demetrius.
The Muhammad Ali Room:
A portrait of Muhammad Ali is hung between 2 cupboards. There is a salon which supposed to be the royal one, as it contains a big arm-chair with the royal crown over it; maybe it was belonged to Said Pasha.
The Queen Anne Room:
So-called from the style of its furniture. There is a portrait of Anderson’s servant. There is a black statue of an angel on a door used as a door knocker and chandelier.
The Museum Room:
It contains a statue of Nefertiti, placed in front of the mashrabeya screen. In the middle, there is a statue of cat goddess Bastet and black mummy cover. There is huge bird egg inscribed with Quran verses. There are plates of Taset el-Khada, made of silver and have magical words and verses of the Quran written inside them, when someone was ill, he would fill the plate with milk and water and leave it on the balcony overnight and it was believed that a part of the sky would come and mix with the milk and water. In the morning, the sick person would drink this from the plate and be cured.
It has a wooden cupboard where the jewelry was kept and behind this cupboard, there is a secret doorway, it leads to a very narrow corridor with mashrabeya windows to allow the women to watch what was going on in the celebration hall without being seen by anyone. There is another room was used as makeup and dressing room for women. There is another small window where women used to look at the mosque of Ibn Tulun. There is a musical instrument (guitar) in the form of a crocodile.
The Celebration Hall:
It’s divided into 2 halves:
The 1st half: where Anderson would hold audiences with visitors. He sat on a chair in the middle and there is a huge shelf where Anderson kept the swords that he collected from all over Egypt. This hall was used for marriage parties; there is a chair for the bride and chair for the groom and a fountain in the middle.
The 2nd half: it’s consisted of small theatre, where performers, dancers and singers took place. Its ceiling is very high because the hall is surrounded by mashrabeya screens for women to watch what was going on in the celebration hall without being seen by anyone.
The Bridal and Birthing Room:
It has a marble fountain in the center of the courtyard. There are 2 small rooms to the east of this courtyard.
The 1st room it’s the Bridal room, it contains objects relating to the life of the women of the house.
The 2nd room it’s the Birthing Room, which has many chairs decorated with Qur’anic verses and with opening in their seats. The women were used to sit on it to give birth to their babies and there are some bracelets that children once wore to protect them.