Anwar Al-Rifai to “Al-Rai”: We will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Al-Othman Museum, in conjunction with national holidays

– Opening of the Ministry of Defense pavilion soon… The Museum of the Ministry of the Interior is under preparation
– Sheikha Amthal Al-Ahmad has the biggest role in facilitating the establishment of the Al-Othman House Museum
– Thirds of the Othman, the only entity that financially supported the museum

As the Bait Al-Othman Museum prepares to open the village of Naqrat Al-Othman, which includes the old Kuwaiti Al-Fareej, next Saturday evening, museum officials are preparing to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the museum’s founding, in collaboration with the national holidays in February next year.

The head of the Kuwaiti heritage team, Anwar Al-Rifai, praised the great efforts made by Sheikha Amthal Al-Ahmad to facilitate the establishment of the museum.

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Al-Rifai confirmed to Al-Rai that “One-third of Al-Othman is considered to be the only party that supported the museum financially, and the engineer Adnan Al-Othman, the honorary president of the museum, has a major role in had its foundation. “

Regarding the latest developments on the museum, he said: “We look forward to opening the Ministry of Defense Pavilion in the coming months, and the Ministry of Interior Museum is under preparation.”

He added that the Voluntary Work Center affiliated with the Kuwaiti Heritage Team in the museum contributed to mobilize the scattered efforts and energies and direct them to be forces with an effective impact in society. The Voluntary Work Center is the legal umbrella under which many volunteers work. teams work, including the Kuwaiti Heritage Team, and based on Amiri Decision of His Highness, the Emir of the State of Kuwait No. In 2004, Sheikha Amthal Al-Ahmad was appointed as the head of the Voluntary Work Center.

He pointed out that the team focuses on the cultural, human and civilizational heritage that expresses the originality and identity of this country, by a group of Kuwaiti heritage lovers and researchers to work side by side to the legacy left by parents and grandparents. preserved, the hardships and hardships that were a monument by previous generations. Their eyes, so the team joined to work under the umbrella of the Voluntary Work Center on October 19, 2010, and based on the decision of the Council of Ministers, the team took the house of Abdullah Abdul Latif Al-Othman as its headquarters, to begin its first steps to achieve its goal, which is to collect Kuwaiti heritage in a museum that will be a mirror that a beautiful past for generations reflect. Did not live it, and to be a beacon for visitors.

He pointed out that “the team believes in the importance of communication between generations of the society, and the preservation of the cultural, civilizational and social heritage of Kuwait by reviving the ancient heritage and the importance of Kuwaiti customs and lifestyles that parents and grandparents lived, to remember. in the past, and remind new generations of their history, past, heritage and the fruit of the struggle of successive generations and what they left behind cultural and cultural heritage.

5 goals for the Kuwaiti heritage team

1- Preservation of occupations and crafts.

2 – Document the authentic Kuwaiti dialect and Kuwaiti customs and traditions.

3 – Establish and organize heritage exhibitions and participation in heritage activities locally and internationally.

4 – Provision of lectures, seminars and courses on Kuwaiti heritage.

5 – Submit proposals to the competent government agencies to preserve the Kuwaiti heritage and insist on the preservation of the archives of the state’s ministries and institutions.

6 – Encouraging the preservation of Kuwaiti private museums.

Components of the Othman House

Al-Othman House is one of the most important aspects of Kuwaiti architecture, being outside Kuwait City. The old building is built of cement bricks and the roof is made of jandal, while the rest of the buildings are built with reinforced concrete and walls of cement bricks. .

The Al-Othman House was built in the late forties of the last century, in the Hawalli region, and it was designed in the Arabic style, as the house consists of several courtyards.

The house also contains the Diwaniya in which the late Abdullah Al-Othman received his guests, then the first family house in addition to the guest house, then the second, third and fourth family houses, in addition to a plot for raising sheep.

The Al-Othman House dates back to the history of architecture outside the walls of Kuwait City, where it was rare to find houses of this form outside the city, and for this reason the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters has the preservation of it to be a sanctuary for new generations and to identify the nature of the people of Kuwait.

The owner of the house, the late Abdullah Abd al-Latif al-Othman, is one of the benefactors of the state, born in 1897. He worked as director of al-Othman School, then director of the municipality’s department, and then devoted himself to real estate trade until he became one of the best-known merchants in this field, and the deceased used to give aid to the needy and poor.

12 sections of “Bayt Al-Othman”

1 – Kuwait House Museum

It embodies what the lives of the fathers and grandfathers were like before the arrival of oil, and what their houses included in terms of furniture and furnishings. The Kuwaiti house contains many rooms that revolve around the yard and is located in the middle of the house. . , and it contains the morning session.

2 – Life Journey Museum

The museum includes the developmental stages of Kuwait’s institutions and ministries in various fields, including oil, education, transportation, the Kuwaiti currency and its development, and an exhibition of rare coins, in addition to the Kuwaiti Martyrs’ Room and the Heritage Hall.

3 – Museum of Drama

The museum contains models of artist clothes in the most important works presented by Kuwaiti drama. It deals with the stages of development of the artistic life, and highlights these works.

4 – Museum of the indoor market and craftsmen

The museum simulates the simplicity of the markets in the past and the goods exhibited in them. We find shops such as Bisht Al-Baghli, Al-Murshoud spices, Al-Fares jewelry, Al-Ruwaih library, the old grocery, the liquor bottle, and the gold markets, in addition to the blacksmith market, the wooden door market and the built-in boxes.

5 – Sports Museum

A rich record of the achievements of the Kuwaiti people in the field of football, handball, fencing and other games, in collaboration with the Public Authority for Sports. The museum is designed in the shape of a stadium with old wooden stands around the shape to imitate of stadiums in the past Sports and its development in terms of shields, cups, souvenirs and sports magazines, in addition to players’ jerseys.

6 – Ayoub Hussein Museum

He was born in 1932, worked thirty years in the Ministry of Education between a teacher and an agent, then a superintendent, and he has more than six hundred paintings that represented the old Kuwaiti environment. He participated in many competitions and exhibitions, including the Arab Championship competition, the nine spring exhibitions held by the Ministry of Education, and exhibitions held by the Kuwait Fine Arts Association, both inside and outside Kuwait.

7 – Seyyed Ismail Behbehani Museum

Born in the Sharq region in 1929, he is considered one of the biggest dealers in Iranian carpets, antiques and natural pearls in Kuwait, and one of the experts in collecting, trading and dealing in them. His shop in the capital, Kuwait, is a diwaniya frequented by sheikhs and senior statesmen, who discuss economic and social issues. His shop was able to attract foreigners in Kuwait and visitors to buy gifts, antiques and antiques.

8 – Al-Othman Lodge

It consists of 12 suites furnished with Kuwaiti heritage holdings that express the national identity, in order to host the country’s guests, so that they can become closely acquainted with the cultural and civilizational heritage through direct contact with the possessions and heritage pieces in the museum.

9 – Scientific and Educational Museum

Due to the cultural value it represents, the belongings of the Educational Scientific Museum (from the Al-Mirqab area) were transferred to the Bait Al-Othman Museum in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. An integrated building was built by preparing the Kuwaiti Heritage Team. to include owning the Educational Scientific Museum at full cost to the team. The museum specializes in displaying collections of science and natural history by preserving many skeletons of reptiles, fish, plants, birds, mummified animals and embryos from the stages of human development. The museum is a gateway to knowledge and education for school students.

10 – Bait Al-Othman Institute

The museum aims to strengthen its cultural and educational role. It offers training and craft courses, Arabic calligraphy courses and everything related to the heritage of the State of Kuwait. It seeks to take advantage of the energy of young people and refine their talents. also aims to enhance the values ​​of loyalty to the homeland and the spirit of cooperation by providing the opportunity for volunteers to leave a positive mark in society.

11 – manual institute

The Yadi Institute specializes in training courses and educational workshops for recycling, melting and reforming glass in the production of various and different accessories.

12 – Naqrat Al-Othman Village

On an area of ​​2,500 square meters, Nuqrat Al-Othman is located, which is the heritage village that incorporated a model of the shape of the old Al-Fareej into the architectural form of Kuwait’s buildings in the thirties. Al-Fareej, where a mosque and several shops were built with all their contents and in their old form, and some animals and birds (camel – donkey – sheep – chicken) were placed.

3 new additions to the museum

1- Establishment of a military museum

The Military Museum specializes in holdings of the Kuwaiti Army and Armed Forces, and it is planned and equipped with the best decorations that record the history of the Kuwaiti Army. .

2 – Carpentry workshop

It is a special room that simulates the carpentry workshop (bring the tools, carpenter… we heard the sound of the nail), with all the old carpentry equipment used in the past in the manufacture of furniture and ships, and the decorations for the carpentry workshop were made in the past.

3 – Museum of the Ministry of the Interior

Work is underway to establish and equip the Ministry of Interior Museum.

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