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“Living the dream for an hour” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Musee de l'Art de Vivre Marocain

Musee de l'Art de Vivre Marocain
2, Derb Cherif , Diour Saboun | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
05 24378373
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Ranked #48 of 80 Attractions in Marrakech
Type: Museums
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London England
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“Living the dream for an hour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Musee de l'Art de Vivre; Marrakech

This place was really hard to find, even with a friend who is a local, helping me & lots of stops to ask people in the area.

There are some helpful signposts, but not enough for us!

This Museum was, in fact, originally conceived & restored as a commercially run 'maison d'hote' called "Jnan al Madina"..... but, with only 3 letting bedrooms, it never made any money and so the enterprising owner has turned it into a small museum featuring the decorative arts instead.

Entry price is 12 dhms and, frankly, it is well worth it as, whether or not you are interested in Moroccan embroidery, weaving etc, this is one of the most beautiful classically styled riads I have seen.

The courtyard is paved with lovely blue tiles and you can relax there with a drink.

On each floor, some rooms are styled as they would have been when the building was being used as a house; others are solely furnished with glass, museum - style cases containing examples of craft skills. There are explanatory boards in English as well as French

The mix between classic styling & modernity is best seen in the 'hammam', which is traditionally conceived, but is most definitely of the 21st century.

The piece de resistance, however, is undoubtedly the terrace, where there is a very inviting canopied area, with comfy sofas just begging to be sat on- and on sitting down, the panorama that greets you is fantastic, with the Koutubia mosque minaret centrally placed, and behind it, the ( currently snow capped) Atlas Mountain Range.

Just sitting up there in perfect peace, drinking in this view, is enough to create a special 'Marrakech Moment' or, in my case, to remind me why I bought a ruin of a riad, with a dream of achieving such a tranquil environment.

If you are here on your first visit to Marrakech and have ended up staying in one of the large hotels on the 'Strip' leading out of town, half an hour here will show you what you have missed, and make you determined to book a riad for your next visit.

Visited March 2013
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“A relaxing look at Moroccan life”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

This is a new museum, not to be confused with the older, more established Museum of Marrakech, which is nearby. Both are worth seeing. This place is quiet, peaceful, and off the beaten path, and offers a charming look at Moroccan life. By the way, It's one of the few places in Marrakech with adequate signs to guide you there.

Visited November 2012
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“A new museum in Marrakech”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

I came across this museum only this time and discovered it has been opened for only a couple of years.
It is based in a typical marrakechi house in the deep part of the medina. not the easiest place to find and taxi drivers do not know where it is.
Interesting place with some interesting information.
a beautiful terrace at the top where you can spend time and relax if you have the time and a book.
didn't have the chance to try the cafe, however it looked great.

Visited November 2012
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“charming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

we found this by accident after visiting the Jewish area. It was a great place to relax and enjoy being in this city.We had tea on the terrace and admired the flowers.The exhibits are about domestic things placing objects in their context in rooms.I have never felt so chilled out in a museum before!

Visited April 2012
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