Name of Monument:

The Cotton Museum at the Agricultural museum


Dokki (Cairo), Egypt

Responsible Institution:

Ministry of Agriculture

 About Centre for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT), Dokki (Cairo)


King Fu`ad I chose the palace of Fatma Ismail, the daughter of Khedive Ismail, ‎to host the displays of the Agricultural Museum. The ‎palace was chosen due to its location near the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture in the ‎neighborhood of Dokki in Cairo. ‎

The museum, which was first called "The Agricultural Museum of King Fu`ad I", was officially opened for the public on the 16th of January 1938 in a big ceremony that the king himself attended.


This building is used as a display museum to show the types of cotton seeds and strains in Egypt next to the products that come from each type. Egyptian cotton is preferred around the world because of its long fibre, which make it softer and stronger at the same time. For many years, it was so valuable that most of the crop was exported to European countries, and Egyptians themselves could hardly buy items made from its cloth.

Citation of this web page:

Ibrahim Abdel Aziz "The Cotton Museum at the Agricultural museum" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=monuments;AWE;eg;6;en

Database entry origination:

Prepared by: Ibrahim Abdel AzizIbrahim Abdel Aziz

Botany Senior Specialist, Natural Heritage Unit, Centre for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT), Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Copyedited by: Daniel de la VegaDaniel de la Vega

Daniel de la Vega is a copy editor based in Portland, Oregon. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2014 and has since done editing and localization work on everything from college applications to magazines to video game dialogue.

MWNF Working Number: ET2 006

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