Bayt Al-Suhaymi (“House of Suhaymi”) is a Traditional Egyptian Islamic themed house and museum in Cairo, Egypt. It was originally built in 1648 by Abdel Wahab el Tablawy along the Darb al-Asfar, a very prestigious and expensive part of Islamic Cairo. In 1796 purchased by Sheikh Ahmed as-Suhaymi whose family held it for several subsequent generations. The Sheikh greatly extended the house from its original through incorporating neighbouring houses into its structure.

The house built around a sahn in the centre of which there is a small garden with plants and palm trees. From here several of the fine mashrabiya windows in the house can be seen. Today the house is a museum which foreign visitors can tour for 35 Egyptian pounds (15 for students). Much of the marble floor work, wooden furniture, and ceiling decor is still intact. Restoration took place after the earthquake of 1992.

Description of Bayt Al-Suhaymi

The house is located in al-Darb al-Asfar Lane in al-Gamaliyya in al-Muizz Street. In fact, it is one of the most beautiful examples of Cairo’s domestic architecture. Shaykh Abd al-Wahhab al-Tablawi established the first part of this house in 1058 AH / 1648 AD. Haji Ismail Chelebi set the second and later section in 1211 AH / 1796 AD, then he merged the two parts into one house. The house named after the last resident, Shaykh Muhammad Amin al-Suhaymi, who was a senior scholar of and the Shaykh of the Turkish riwaq of al-Azhar mosque in the Ottoman Period. ​

In 1349 AH / 1931 AD, al-Suhaymi heirs sold this house to the Committee for the Preservation of Arab Antiquities for the sum of six thousand pounds.

It consists of several buildings overlooking a sizable picturesque courtyard. The facades are with wonderful wooden mashrabiyyas (wooden windows). The house also contains a large Maq’ad (seated balcony) and a furnished reception hall.

Among the house’s unique elements are the birthing chair, the bathroom, and the wells that provided water to the house. A waterwheel irrigated the garden, and its wooden gear survives. There is a mill, activated by a bull. Nearby, pottery and stone vessels preserved grains.