Umm Kalthoum Museum is a biographical museum in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt. The Om Kalthoum Museum is dedicated to Umm Kulthum, or Om Kalthoum, the famous Egyptian singer, songwriter, and actress.
The museum is in the Monastirli Palace, which dates from 1851.
Description of Umm Kulthum’s museum
Umm Kulthum’s museum is a cultural and artistic beacon that preserves the great singer’s legacy. The museum was built as a commemoration to the legendry Egyptian singer. The museum displays most of her remarkable musical history and her collections and belongings.
The Ministry of Culture started to establish this museum in April 1998 in Al-Rawda Island. An island on the Nile in the heart of Cairo. The ministry then allocated one of the Monastery Palace’s buildings for establishing Umm Kulthum’s Museum. The museum is located in Al-Rawda Island and next to the famous Nilometre that attracts both foreigners and Egyptians.
The Museum’s Exhibits
In 1998, the Ministry of Culture started to collect Umm Kulthum’s private belongings and musical works. After a great effort, the ministry was able to restore the legendary singer’s most valuable and priceless belongings that are currently being displayed in the museum.
Umm Kulthum’s Museum displays honors and awards that she received during her lifetime and most of her personal belongings. It also exhibits musical notes, original manuscripts of the lyrics of her songs, rare records and movies. Moreover, it displays some documents like letters from and to some politicians, leaders and public and art figures who influence her art and music.
Umm Kulthum’s Museum consists of:
The Main Hall
It displays Umm Kulthum’s personal belongings, medals and honours in addition to murals of Kawkab al-Sharq rare photos, Musical notes, and manuscripts of lyrics of her songs written by renowned poets and some of her letters.
The Cinema hall
It displays a short documentary film produced by cultural Development Fund showing selections of her life in addition to scenes of her movies and concerts in Egypt and the Middle East concluding it with her funeral. The documentary film is available in Arabic, English and French.
The Audio visual Library Hall
It consists of five computers which displaying all of her songs, pictures of her concerts and trips inside and outside Egypt, her movies and there is a full record of Arabic newspaper articles about Umm Kulthum from 1924 to 2000.
The Panorama Hall
It displays a 10-minute panorama of umm Kulthum’s photos through various stages of her life with her colleagues in addition to her photos with renowned artists and singers accompanied by the music of the famous artist Regah Dawoud.
The museum also displays a 15-minute silent documentary of Umm Kulthum or “the Lady” showing all of her concerts inside and outside Egypt.