Formally named Musée de Marrakech, the Marrakech Museum is located in the old center of Marrakech. One of the biggest draws of the museum is the building in which it is housed; a beautifully restored palace which was built towards the end of the 19th century, and a stunning representation of classic Andalusian architecture.
The Marrakech Museum houses a good collection of historical books, pottery and coins representing Moroccan, Islamic, Jewish, and Berber cultures. In addition to the many artifacts on display, the museum also routinely holds art exhibits featuring both old and modern Moroccan art.
It would be misleading to say that the Marrakech Museum is one of the most popularMorocco tourist attractions because there are better and more exciting attractions in and around the city, but if you are in or near the Marrakech’s old center, which actually is pretty central anyway, then the museum is certainly worth a visit.
Unfortunately, the museum quite often gets bad reviews, but these are almost exclusively from people who were expecting a museum where you can spend several hours looking at an almost infinite number of artifacts.
If you are expecting to see a museum along the same lines as the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, then the Marrakech Museum may end up being somewhat of a disappointment.
On the other hand, if you think you might enjoy strolling around inside an old royal palace looking at a reasonable collection of artifacts that represent four fascinating cultures, then head over to the Marrakech Museum with your camera, and get some incredible photos while you are there.
The abundance of carved cedar wood arches; stained glass windows; beautifully painted door panels, and a vast amount of zellij tile work, all help to provide you with magnificent photo taking opportunities, and that is even before you get started on all the artifacts that are on display
A Short but Interesting History
The Marrakech Museum is housed inside the Dar Menebhi Palace which was commissioned by Mehdi Menebhi at the end of the 19th century. Mehdi Menebhi was the country’s defense minister during the reign of Sultan Moulay Abdelaziz’s who ruled Morocco from 1894 to 1908.
On one occasion while Mehdi Menebhi away in Great Britain to receive a medal from the Queen, England, France and Spain decided that they were going to colonize North Africa.
During this process, an autocrat by the name of Pasha Glaoui seized upon the opportunity, and decided to ransack the opulent Dar Menebhi Palace.
Many years later, shortly after Morocco regained independence, the state seized control of the palace, and converted it into a school for girls in 1965; Morocco’s first all-girls school.
Slowly but surely, the once lavish Dar Menebhi Palace inevitably began to deteriorate.
It was only in 1997 that the Omar Benjelloun Foundation began renovating it in an attempt to recapture the building’s original beauty and character. Upon completion of the work, the order was given to turn the palace into a museum and open the doors for the world to see.
Visiting Marrakech Museum
The entrance fee for adults tends to fluctuate between Dh30 and Dh50 (8 – 13 US$), while children are allowed in for free. The Marrakech Museum is open from 09h00 to 19h00 from April to September, and from 09h00 to 18h00 from October to March.
With long opening hours and a very reasonable entrance fee, Marrakech Museum is a great place to stroll around and admire if you are in or near to the area where it is located.
Some people may find the palace difficult to locate because it is essentially located in a souk. However, if you have difficulty finding it, just ask one of the locals to point you in the right direction.
It can however be added to any of our packages tours simply by letting one of our tour managers know that you would like to visit this site during your stay in Marrakech.