The Museum of Islamic Ceramics in Cairo, Egypt came into existence after the Gezira Art Center underwent a major overhaul and facelift. It was recommended that the Center with its new facilities and design should include a museum featuring masterpieces of Islamic ceramics from throughout the centuries. The suggestion was consolidated by the fact that ceramic art has a long history in Egyptian civilisation, from prehistoric times to the present.
The idea was conceived after the Ministry of Culture conducted a project to move works of art on temporary display at the palace of Prince Amru Ibrahim in the fashionable residential area of Zamalek to their original seat in the Museum of Mohammed Mahmoud Khalil and his Wife in Giza. The palace's architectural design is a blend of Turkish, Moroccan and Andalusian architectural features. It also bears impressions of the European classic school that was popular early in the 20th century and was applied to the architectural design of palaces built during the rule of the family of Mohammed Ali Pasha.
A magnificent collection of Islamic ceramics is now the jewel of the beautiful palace, which overlooks the Nile in the suburb of Gezira, Zamalek. With its impressive Islamic architecture the palace, which was built in 1343 Hijra year, significantly adds to the beauty and splendour of the Islamic ceramics on display. Moreover, the ambience of the place provides a cherished connection and dialogue between the visitors and the objects on display.