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“Genuine Berber Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ecomusee Berbere

Ecomusee Berbere
Marrakech, Morocco
+212 5243-85721
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Ranked #3 of 92 attractions in Marrakech
Type: Museums
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“Genuine Berber Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

The tour provided by Khalid at the Berber museum was the highlight of our stay in Marrakech. Go to the photography museum and sign up for the Ourika Valley tour. For 240 DH per person (about $30), the museum will arrange for a shared "grand taxi" to the Ourika Valley, where you will be met by Khalid, who will take you through his home village, visiting a pottery shop, meeting children, vieiwing the museum and eating lunch at his family home. Khalid will customize the tour for each group, visiting neighboring villages, the orchards and farms in the valley, a walk to the river, and even a stop for a camel ride. The guide is very engaging and will let you know what it is like to live as a Berber. Thought riding in the shared taxi is a bit daunting, it is part of the experience, and the photography museum makes the arrangements simple, negotiating for the ride with the driver. Plan on a whole day, from about 9 to 5 for the whole trip. It's worth it.

Visited May 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Best part of the Holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Beautiful scenery of snow capped mountains, tree covered foothills, stunning Berber villages, salt mines, the Berber market (so much better than the Souks in Marrakesh and just as big) the walk through the hills, the lunch with Khalid (Museum Curator) and his wonderful family, the Berber Museum was fascinating, the crazy taxi rides and the friendly Berber people. Stay in Ourika Valley and travel into Marrakesh and you will have a much better holiday. It's only 30 or so kilometres from Marrakesh but you will find the people so different. they smile and don't harass you every step you take.

Visited March 2013
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“A nice, interesting lession in Berber customs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We went on a day-trip from Marrakesh to Kasbah Bab Ourika, and a visit to this museum was on the agenda. To be honest, we did not think much about it, but we were very much taken by the enthousiasm of the museum guide, and learned a lot about Berber life and customs. When I couldn't keep on standing and listening, the guide put me outside on a little stool. I enjoyed myself watching life in the hamlet around the museum, and greeting the locals going to and from the communal bath. They live in, what we would call, pure poverty, with just ditches instead of paths, with a Frisian cow on a rope attached to a tree but absolutely nothing to graze around her but pure dust and sand, lots of chickens not finding anything to eat either but still, seemingly, enjoying themselves and roosters behaving as super macho's. But life, here, is lived to the fullest, and there is dignity in all those I saw passing by. We were pleased to have visited this museum.
It is situated outside Marrakesh, in the Ourika Valley. Entrance fees are small, children free.

Visited February 2013
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