The Museum of Marrakech
The Museum of Marrakech © Donar Reiskoffer
The Museum of Marrakech is located in the Dar Menebhi Palace, built at the end of the 19th century by legendary Mehdi Menebhi, in the old centre of Marrakech. The palace was restored by the Omar Benjelloun Foundation and converted into a museum in 1997. The house itself is representative of classical Andalusian architecture, with fountains in the central courtyard, numerous carvings and beautiful tiles. The museum holds exhibits of both modern and traditional Moroccan art, as well as historical books, coins, pottery and other Berber artefacts.
The convenient location and interesting building make this a worthwhile stop even for the museum-phobic and it is one of the most popular attractions in the city; in fact, the exhibitions may not overly impress, but the intricate mosaics and other interior features should. Regrettably, for genuine art lovers, and those interested in the historical artefacts, there is little information provided in English, so the appreciation must be largely visual. There is a gift shop selling prints of some of the art and photographs on display in addition to a little café for refreshments. Photographs are permitted inside the museum.
Address: Place Ben Youssef, Medina.
Opening times: 9am to 6:30pm daily.