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“Inspiration for all the senses.” 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 #58 of 140 things to do in Marrakech
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“Inspiration for all the senses.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Sometimes less IS definitely more.As is the case in this delightful little Riad.If textiles,fabric and stitchwork capture your interest (or if you simply appreciate interior design and like to find ideas about using colour with flair) then this tiny museum ticks all boxes.Bring a sketchbook and laze in the comfort of the rooftop gazebo to record your impressions.Such an unexpected delight.Kicking myself for not purchasing any of the sumptuous fragrances on sale!!

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“A new place to visit in M'Kesh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

This is a very small nice RIAD bought up to date in a classy way.. Well worth seeing and it is very close to other attractions. It is very well signposted now (better than anything else here!) and we took a taxi anyway. In November it was not as furnished as in the photos but still interesting stuff in each room. The roof terrace is excellent and in the summer i can see how attractive this would be. We bought some room fragrances here and now back home this keeps reminding us of our trip

Visited November 2013
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“A new place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

After the crowded other attractions in M'Kesh this is a nice quiet converted house to relax in - especially on the roof! Not a lot to see but that itself is fine.as we have visited everything else in other years. Next ot the Madrassar. Very well signposted! The clean small square nearby has local shops and is good for people watching -catch a taxi here. The Museum girl spoke english (I'm 90% sure) but we do speak French also.. We bought some room perfume here which is in our house now and very nice it is!

Visited November 2013
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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 15, 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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