Marrakech Museum, Marrakesh
The building itself is the main reason for visiting this beautiful museum, a former 19th century palace. The exhibits including some contemporary art are worthwhile, but the tile work and general decor are spectacular. Buy a combined ticket to the museum, Medersa, and ruined mosque to get a reduced fee. There is a small cafe for reasonably priced mint tea or coffee and small snacks.
Musee de Marrakech was a former palace. Inside the museum are archaeological and ethnographic objects, contemporary art and historic documents. I loved the mosaic tile work, the intricate carvings, and the arches.
Be sure to stop for some mint tea in the courtyard!
This museum is a litle disappointing. It is in an old mosque, where the building itself is more interesting than the displays inside. There are a few pictures in frames on the wall, a display of swords that look like they were bought in the souk and a few pieces of old clothes. It takes about 9 minutes to walk through it all. I would say you can easily skip it, but if you buy the combo ticket, which is a much better deal than buying the seperate entrance fees, you might as well stroll through for a few minutes. The fee for the museum alone is 40 dirham, but the fee for three sites (the Medersa, the musuem and an archealogical site- all situated next to each other) is 60 dirham.
This early 20th century palace, is worth seeing. Recently it has been restored, and turned into a museum of Moroccan art, and a gallery for exhibiting paintings and sculpture.
You can purchase a ticket from here for 50dh, that also covers entrance to Ben Yousseff Medersa, and the Quabba Almoravide- worth buying.
Entering through the gateway, you enter a pleasant courtyard, with a cafe, a shop selling artwork, and some pieces of artwork displayed.
Time for a mint tea, and a welcome sit down under a cooling umbrella, I decided! I'd spent quite a long while in Ben Yousseff, then there was still the Quabba to see.
Tip - check out the toilets just off the courtyard! - walls tiled in Islamic style tiles, and old bronze fittings.
I enjoyed this museum, it was quite a relaxing place to wander and admire the exhibits, but to also enjoy the architecture of the palace. Piped classical music was playing in some rooms. It wasn't too large either.
There is a plan of the museum, and some directions to the various rooms.
Contemporary and older paintings, important collections of coins, old books, ornately decorated Korans, jewellery and daggers were some of the exhibits.
Open daily 0900 - 18.00hrs.
If planning to buy the 50dh ticket, this is the only place with refreshments.
Afraid I can't remember the admission price for this place alone - probably about 20dh.
The Museum of Marrackech is located in the medina in a 19th-century palace and displays a large collection of Jewish, Berber and Muslim artifacts - mainly ceramics, jewellery, traditional weapons, garments and uniforms. In all fairness the artifacts are not very exciting - but the museum is worth a visit for its stunningarchitecture - in particular for its huge covered courtyard.
This museum is privately owned - and the man behind it - Omar Benjelloun - is a well-known Moroccan businessman and art collector. Entrance (2007) used to be 30 dirhams.
Just behind the entrance gate coming from the Place ben Youssef is a lovely and tranquil courtyard café. It's a nice place to drink a mint tea like we did. You can go there without buying a ticket for the museum. In the courtyard you can see posters of the actual and temporary exhibitions in the museum. There is also a bookshop selling posters, postcards and artbooks.
If you visit the museum (entrance 40 dirham), you can also decide to buy a joint ticket for 60 dirham. With this ticket you can visit not only the museum, but also the Almovarid Koubba opposite the museum and the Medersa ben Youssef, almost nextdoors. The opening hours of the museum are from 9am till 7pm.
In the palace Dar Mnebdi (19th century) you can also see the original hamman. Why didn't it surprise me after seeing all the abundant decorations in the palace that even the walls of the hamman were nicily decorated with red colours.
Not only the decorations, but also the scale of the hamman shows that it belonged to one of the wealthiest families in Marrakech.
The other rooms in the museum display different collections like coins, ceramics, doors, jewelry and dresses.
In the galleries around the central courtyard of the Marrakech Museum you will find temporary exhibitions. The displayed artworks are not only traditonal Morrocan art, but also contemporary art.
In 2007 I saw a nice exhibition of colourful paintings and artworks, showing a variety in technics and style. I always enjoy to look at contemporary artworks of local artists, because they show often a very interesting mixture of the local culture ~with or without using traditional symbols ~ and a modern style.
The Marrakech Museum is housed in the Dar Mnebhi, a nicily restored traditional Moorish palace from the 19th century. It was originally the house of Mehdi Mnebhi, a defence minister in those days.
The palace has a wonderful inner courtyard, the central and most striking part of the palace. In the courtyard are three marble bassins with fountains. Only the building with its abundance of the zellij tiles and stuccowork makes it allready worth to visit the museum.
Not just a museum with some lovely carpets and artefacts on display, the beautiful ex palace built in the 19th century by the grand vizier of the Sultan in the style of a traditional Moorish house, has some very lovely finishing touches with beautiful or sumptuous! ceilings and walls and pillars and doors!
Built as a traditional riad it certainly has some beautiful zellij ie colourful patterned tiles - and stucco ie carved plasterwork - and muqarna - the elaborate wooden stalactite things you see - and then some lovely paintwork too especially on the ceilings and doors.
and some huge and impressive candelabra!
40 dirham as a single entry ticket or better value buy a combo ticket for 60 dirham to see all 3 of this Musee du Marrakech, then the Ali Ben Youssef Medersa and then finishing up at the Koubba over the square from this Musee.
what a beautiful building to visit! what ive been missing all this time, all these visits to Marrakech and only just got here now!
This beautiful building was a palace built at the end of the 19th century by the grand vizier of the Sultan Moulay Mehdi Hassan and built in the style of a traditional moorish riad.
This house is beautiful! Beautiful examples of zellij (ceramic tile )work - and painted wooden ceilings and stucco - and a most beautiful central courtyard with fountains and very impressive central lantern.
The lonely planet guidebook suggests that a visit to this house gives the visitor an insight into household features such as the original hammam/bathhouse - i have visited and stayed in several myself - but i found that with a lack of information available or provided for the visitor, such as a guidebook to selfguide when touring around the house, the beginner is reliant on his or her own seeking and perusing - but the place is so beautiful its incredibly motivating to go through the maze of rooms and check out everything that can be encountered.
And its also a museum so along the way see some lovely examples of carpets, art and paintings and costumes and items of jewellery.
Open 9-6pm, good to know it doesnt shut for a lunchbreak!and you have the budget option of a combo ticket for 60 dirham to visit the musuem, the also very beautiful Ben Yousseff Medresa and the nearby Qoubba. or just a solo ticket for 40 dirham.
For what i found rather difficult to understand the reasoning you must finish up at the Qoubba and therefore cannot go just across the way to the Qoubba and then finish at the medresa but go down to it and then back up to the Qoubba!! but the deal is still worth it! and the whole 3 are recmmended visits.
Located just on Place Ben Youssef, just across from the Ali Ben Youssef Mosque, is the Mnebhi Palace which is home to the Musee de Marrakech. The 19th century palace has a lovely inner courtyard, with bubbling fountains and seating nooks, making it a relaxing escape from the chaos of the nearby souqs.
The museum has exhibitions on such things as Moroccan calligraphy, jewellery, ceramics and music, which are shown in the main rooms and courtyard. Art exhibitions are shown in the palace's former kitchens and bath houses.
In the entrance courtyard, just off Place Ben Youssef, you will find a small café serving up drinks and sandwiches, where we had a tasty lunch. There is also a small souvenir shop selling some interesting books.
Open from 9am-6.30pm daily. Entrance was 30 dirham when we visited in Jan 2007.
Musee de Marrakesh is housed in a beautifully restored 19th century riad, Dar Mnebbi. The courtyard inside is beautiful and peaceful. It is located next to Ali Ben Youssef Medersa. Admission is DH30. If you get a combined ticket for Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, the museum, and Koubba Ba'adiyn, you only pay DH60.
Beyond the labyrinth of streets in the souks lies a quiet square, Place ben Youssef, which is home to a number of attractions, including the Marrakech Museum.
The museum, founded in 1997, is housed in a beautiful riad (stylish Moroccan house with courtyard). The rooms of the riad are exhibits in themselves and visitors can get a good understanding of how a Moroccan family lives (or at least how an affluent family might live).
There was also a exhbition of paintings on display, mostly depicting men on camels and horses. Nothing spectacular about that, though it's rare to see any non-abstract art in Morocco as Islamic art typically does not depict people.
The museum is good value at 30 Dh per person. There is also a nice cafe in the courtyard near the entrance.
Even without the interesting displays the museum would be well worth a look as it's contained in beautiful 19th century Mnebhi Palace, complete with fountains in the covered courtyard and colourful tiled zellij mosaics on the walls. The golden colour scheme and glass dome roof make it distinctive from most other riads. After independence the palace became Marrakech's first school for girls and only became a museum in 1997.
Displays of paintings, photos, textiles and other artworks are housed in halls leading off from the central courtyard. The old hammam (baths) and kitchen are also used for exhibitions. If you're tired after a long day sightseeing then this is a wonderfully relaxed and cool place to chill out and you can slump into the big comfy chairs and watch a video about the city. There's also a very nice terrace cafe and a souvenir shop with some great books.