While there are a few museums in Marrakesh, you probably do not have the time to visit them all. I certainly didn’t. Especially, since I needed to factor in the thought that Marrakesh’s museums were generally within the media, meaning it would take forever to find! To keep it simple, I narrowed it down to two different museums. Read on for more details!
The Maison de la Photographie
This little gem of a museum is worth a visit if you are a fan of photography. The collection holds thousands of photographs, spanning from 1870 to 1950. The photos range from landscapes to portraits to urban settings. They also highlight various cultures within the country, particularly the Berber culture. Seeing how much Morocco has changed – and not changed – over the decades was amazing.
The building in which the museum is situated is also lovely; it’s an old riad, meaning it is a traditional Moroccan house with an interior courtyard. The museum can feel a bit busy because it is a small place; however, it is nowhere NEAR as busy as the more popular sites in the city. There is also a great rooftop terrace where you can have a drink or a meal from its limited (but nice) menu. If the day is clear, you can even see the High Atlas Mountains from here! Unfortunately, they were not visible when I went but there still were fantastic views on the city’s rooftops. Before you leave, don’t forget to check out the prints and postcards available for sale. I bought ten of the latter!
Location: 46 Rue Souk Ahal Fassi
Cost: At the time of writing, admission is 50dh.
Dar Si Said Museum
There are several “traditional” history museums in Marrakesh but from my research before travelling, not all are worth the time or money. Dar Si Said was one that did stick out as a good option. It took some doing to find this place as the surrounding streets and alleys were a veritable maze. But I eventually found it and ultimately was glad I did! Dar Si Said was once a palace of one of Morocco’s chief executives in the late 19th-century. The museum mostly focuses on Berber artwork, textiles, and various objects, all spread out over two floors. The palace itself is also worth admiring for the intricate doors and carvings, colourful tiles mosaics, and the interior garden. I found the museum to be relatively quiet and there were a few lovely corners where one could sit and admire the surroundings. Oh, and don’t forget to look up at the various ceilings – they are amazing!
Location: 8 Rue de la Bahia
Cost: At the time of writing, admission is 30dh.