Museum of “El Sett”, the legendary voice of Egypt

Umm Kulthoum occupies an undisputedly a unique position in Oriental music and singing. She was known in Arabic as Kawkab Al-Shark or Star of the East for she was a most powerful symbol in the Middle East. She was also called El-Sett, The Lady.

Regarded as the one of the most gifted female voice of the twentieth century, she had a popularity that knew no boundaries and was as phenomenal as was her voice.
Not only was she considered a legend in the Arab countries, but her voice also reached many parts of the world at a time when Arabic music seemed like a mystery to much of the Western world.
Umm Kulthum, Star of the East "Kawkab al-Sharq" whose sweet, strong voice and unique belongings still can be heard and seen in her own exquisite museum that was built as a commemoration to the legendry Egyptian singer.
The museum is the home to most of her remarkable musical history and her own collections and belongings.
The Egyptian Minister of Culture thought to establish this museum as an appreciation of Umm Kulthum's great role in enriching both Arabic and Egyptian music. Umm Kulthum's museum is a cultural and artistic beacon that preserves the great singer's legacy.
The museum was established in April 1998 in Al-Rawda Island on the Nile in the heart of the Capital Cairo as the ministry decided to allocate one of the Manasterly Palace's buildings for Umm Kulthum Museum, next to the famous Nilometre that attracts both foreigners and Egyptians.
In 1998, Ministry of Culture started to collect Umm Kulthum' 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 Museum consists of, the Main Hall, which 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 be renowned poets and some of her letters.
The Cinema hall, which 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 in the Middle East concluding it with her funeral. The documentary film is available in Arabic, English and French.
The Audio visual Library Hall, which exhibits 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.
And finally, the Panorama Hall, which displays a panorama of umm Kulthum photos through various stages of her life.