The Sadat Museum is the first in Alexandria to be dedicated to the late President. Situated in an area of 260m2, the museum is part of the BA’s endeavors to document the history of modern Egypt.
On their way to the Museum, visitors watch a Culturama show on President Sadat. Also available for viewing are 12 hours of video content donated by the Egyptian Television. These shots include a number of President Sadat’s speeches, comments given by foreign reporters, the Sadat movie “Action Biography”, a display of all the documents on the Egyptian-Israeli peace process, the October War, as well as a collection of recordings that had not been broadcast neither in Egypt nor in the Arab world.
The Museum features a number of honors and decorations awarded to Sadat in Egypt and by other countries during various stages of his life, in addition to a number of gold, silver, bronze, and copper plates that he and Mrs. Gihan El-Sadat received as gifts.
The Museum displays a number of medals, and a collection of President Sadat’s civilian and military suits, most important of which is the blood-stained military suit he was wearing on the day of his assassination on 6 October 1981.
Also available on display at the Museum is a collection of Sadat’s personal possessions, such as his radio set, his desk, and his personal library containing a collection of very rare books that had been donated to him. In addition, visitors will find a number of Sadat’s portraits, along with a collection of Arabian swords, memorial shields, his personal cane, his pipe, and the ‘abaya he used to wear whenever he visited his birthplace; Mit Abul-Kom in the north of Egypt.
Among the precious objects donated by Mrs. Sadat to the Museum are: 3 lanterns—Islamic, Christian and Jewish—that were given to Sadat during his visit to Jerusalem; a recording of the Quran in Sadat's own voice; some personal papers including a short story by Sadat in his own handwriting with some parts dictated to his wife, as well as a rare collection of visual recordings.