HISTORY

The Waves Of Change

It is necessary to realize that the Pharaon place from the very beginning was not conceived as a museum but meant as a private residence. A place that would be transformed once Mr. Pharaon on his travels to Syria began his infatuation with the wooden decorative panels, the ceramics, the tiles and the Islamic arts into the house of an outstanding collector.

The change in the interior then began, and room by room was transformed and like his varied collection itself, continued through his lifetime. The Pharaon house due to his active participation in local politics at the time was the birth place of ministries, the signing of the Lebanese flag, and the destination of both local and foreign dignitaries. In the second wave of change, Mr. Mouawad took what was externally an old European mansion, with an Arab interior, filled with extraordinary works of art and through the implementation of sophisticated technology transformed it into a museum principles but instead remaining true to the traditions and heritage of its past.

Since the Pharaon collection was assembled literally piece by piece over many years, there was neither a chronological nor a typological concept and things were presented pretty much casually. For instance, there was no one room dedicated to pottery, instead one world find pottery entrusted within a marble context, in the presence of wooden ceilings or particular elements of weaponry displayed with oil paintings, each room filled with various items. Although the different collections have now been sorted out, grouped together and identified with some museum methods such is effect of the history of the place that another wave, a future transformation can easily take place.