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“Hidden gem of a museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Moroccan Arts (Dar Si Said)

Museum of Moroccan Arts (Dar Si Said)
Derb El Bahia - Riad Zitoun el-Jedid, Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #22 of 80 Attractions in Marrakech
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Here you’ll find a solid exhibition of historic and some contemporary Moroccan art. The building itself is full of intricate Byzantine designs and colors.
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“Hidden gem of a museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

This delightful museum, barely mentioned in my guidebook, is much more interesting than the Saadian tombs or the Merdersa in my view. Formally a private house it now houses small displays of embroidery, pottery, daggers, guns etc downstairs in shady rooms around a lovely garden. Upstairs are rooms with stunning painted wooden ceilings and carved stone decorations. It only costs 60 dirhams and is much less crowded than the other museums we visited in Marrakech. It is badly sign posted, and a little difficult to find in the backstreets north of the Bahia Palace. It is also closed all day on Tuesdays.

Visited January 2013
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“Fascinating collection and tranquil location in the medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

We love this museum, and visit whenever we go to Marrakech. It's a delightful collection of authentic artefacts from the 19C, mainly beautiful Berber arts and crafts, and you can learn a lot about traditional Moroccan culture and history here. The galleries are cool and shady, and there's a very pretty garden. And its never crowded. Highly recommended.

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Basel, Switzerland
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“20X better than Bahia Palace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

After my family's incredible let-down with Bahia Palace we headed back toward Medina Marrakech to find this Dar Si Said (directly North about 5 minutes walk). Much better maintained than Bahia Palace, less people - more to look at (artifacts, daggers, etc.) and historical perspective written in French and English. Then after leaving walked North and found a really nice restaurant for lunch. Reasonably priced but very well prepared and presented.

Visited December 2012
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Lima Region, Peru
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“Beautiful palace, should be renovated though”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

The Dar Si Said Palace is a great example of the interesting Moroccan art and architecture, but sadly also of the lack of renovation that is seen everywhere in Morocco. The palace and the museum were fantastic. The objects were cool, the garden was a great scene for photos and the mosaics were so special. Unfortunately, some rooms were not renovated and many rooms lacked furniture. When you are from Europe and therefore used to impressive palaces full of furniture that looks like it's brand new, it is such a pity when you see an empty palace like this one, that needs renovation. I still recommend going. And after visting this museum you should go to restaurant Pepe Nero, which is very close. That restaurant is truely the best of Marrakech!

Visited October 2012
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Damascus, Syria
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“Great handicraft!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

Very nice handicraft, especially textiles, in the collection! Many nice details both in the collection of items but also in the buildings. But the presentation could be better.

Visited February 2012
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