Musée Bert-Flint – A Real Gem in the Heart of Marrakech
Musée Bert-Flint, also known as the Bert Flint Museum and La Maison Tiskiwin, is a privately owned museum that until not too long ago belonged to Bert Flint, a highly regarded Dutch anthropologist and a much-respected art historian. The museum is housed in the former residence of Bert Flint which is located very near to Bahia Palace. Enjoy a visit to this charming museum with any of our classic Egypt and Morocco Tours.
Many people who have been to Marrakech and visited a number of the Marrakech’s museums would agree that Musée Bert-Flint is without question one of the best museums in the area, particularly if ancient cultures fascinate you.
Be warned: there is only a rather small sign indicating where the museum’s entrance is, so you will need to keep your eyes open for it.
The museum is dedicated to the Berber culture, and particularly that of the Sahara and the Souss Valley tribes. Artifacts on display at the museum have almost entirely been collected by Bert Flint over a period spanning just over 50 years.
Expect to see a stunning collection of tools, utensils, traditional costumes, rugs, carpets, textiles, and a range of other items which have been used in the daily life of the Berbers.
Musée Bert-Flint may not make it onto the top 10 list of Morocco tourist attractions, but it is a very popular museum, and definitely worth a visit if you have an hour or two to spare when you are in Marrakech.
A visit to this museum is typically not included in our existing range of Egypt and Morocco Tours, but it can be added to any one of our tour itineraries if requested.
A Brief History of La Maison Tiskiwin
Dutchman, Bert Flint dedicated several decades of his life to studying the rural culture of Morocco as well as cultural exchanges which have occurred over thousands of years in other regions of North Africa.
Morocco captured his heart the minute he arrived in the kingdom back in 1931, and in 1957 he decided to make Marrakech his permanent home.
During the course of the next 50 years, Bert Flint accumulated a vast and varied collection of heritage items representing rural Morocco, and particularly the Berber culture and its sub-cultures.
Rather than keeping his collection locked away behind closed doors, Bert Flint decided to turn his beautiful 19th-century home into a museum, and in 1996, Musée Bert-Flint finally opened its doors to the public.
In the years that followed, Bert Flint continued with his research and also continued adding to his collection. During this time, he also started contemplating about a long-term solution for his collection and for the work he had done.
Rather than only wanting to display a vast collection of artifacts, he also wanted to ensure that his research initiative would continue after his passing.
In 2006, Bert Flint donated both his house and a major part of his collection to the University of Marrakech. In return for this, the university committed itself to establishing the Institut Bert Flint pour le Patrimoine du Nord-Ouest-Africain in La Maison Tiskiwin in 2007.
This institute is essentially an extension of Bert Flint’s work and passion, and it has played a major role in making it possible for a broad range of people to acquire internationally recognized PhDs in various tourism industry-related fields.
Visiting the Museum of Bert-Flint
There is no shortage of Marrakech tourist attractions to keep you busy during your stay in the magical city, but if you have an interest in Moroccan culture, and particular the cultures of the Saharan nomads, then Musée Bert-Flint is definitely one Marrakech attraction you don’t want to miss. The museum is open daily from 09h30 to 12h30, and again from 14h30 to 18h00.
Despite Musée Bert-Flint being one of the more popular attractions, you won’t see it being featured in all our classic Egypt and Morocco tours.
However, all our tours can be customized to suit your own individual needs, so if you would like to have the Musée Bert-Flint added to your preferred tour itinerary, just let us know, and we will be happy to oblige.