Granted, I'm not American and 99% of my friends aren't either - but I'm still amazed that not one of my friends who have visited Morocco has visited the American Legation in Tangier.
A working legation from 1821 until 1956, it is now a museum and serves to illustrates through art, furniture, maps (by Mercator), carpets, letters & objets d'art the history of the relationship between the United States and Morocco (Morocco being one of the first countries to recognize the US as an independent country), as well as Tangerine history. For WWII buffs, the Allied Forces planned part of their 1942 North African landings in these rooms.
Of special interest to me was its museum-within-a-museum: the Paul Bowles Museum. As an ardent Bowles' admirer, I visited the Legation primarily to experience the spirit of the man who wrote, among other works, The Sheltering Sky - to touch his steamer trunks & sit in his chair.
Admission is free. Guided tours are available.
The Tangier American Legation Museum (TALM), a thriving cultural center, museum, conference center and library in the heart of the old medina in Tangier, is housed in the only historic landmark of the Untied States located abroad.
From 1821 until 1956, the U.S. diplomatic mission to Morocco was located here in the old, walled Medina of Tangier. With the end of the French Protectorate in 1956, all embassies moved to the capital, Rabat, but the American Legation continued as a Consulate for another five years until a new consulate was built outside the old Medina. Thereafter, the American Legation building served as an Arabic language school for American diplomats (8 years) and a Peace Corps training center (3 years).
In 1976 the Old American Legation (as it is known in Tangier) stood empty and in a sad state of disrepair. Concerned about it fate, a group of American citizens established a public, non-profit organization. The Tangier American Legation Museum Society (TALMS). They obtained a lease from the Department of State to rent the Legation building.
Morocco was the first power that recognized the United States of America as an independent country, and in response to that courtesy an American embassy was established in Tangier back in 1777.
The old American Legation now serves as a museum where there is no entry fee, but every visitor has to be guided around by the friendly and knowledgeable staff. The interior is not really fantastic or impressive, but always tasteful. There are also collections of art of highly differing quality (locally stationed American artists). You will pass through several reception rooms as well as the tiny garden just one storey above the street.