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Museum Guide for Marrakech

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From jewelry to historic royal tombs, Marrakech has a wealth of cultural offerings that are sure to please any art or history fan.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveler

9 Places

4 City Tips

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9 Places

Jardin Majorelle

Gardens

Dar Si Said Museum

Art Museums

Musee Tiskiwin

Specialty Museums

Bahia Palace

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Saadian Tombs

Architectural Buildings, Cemeteries

Ben Youssef Madrasa

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Musee de Bijoux Nawahi

Specialty Museums

Museum of Marrakesh

Specialty Museums

Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Molly S's City Tips

  • For taxi or caleche rides, agree on the price before getting in.
  • Take a caleche (horse and carriage) ride around the souk to soak up the atmosphere.
  • When walking in the souk, keep right to avoid the carts and scooters that dash through the busy streets.
  • It doesn't hurt to know a few words of French (merci, bonjour etc.) — and a smile goes a long way!
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    Jardin Majorelle
    Gardens
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    Molly S Says:

    This garden oasis was created by painter Jacques Majorelle and later owned by Yves Saint Laurent, who purchased the villa and garden in 1980, to save it from becoming a hotel complex. Today, still bursting with the colors that entranced Saint Laurent, it is one of Morocco's most-visited sites. In addition to cascades of bougainvillea, burbling brooks, shady lanes, and stunning art deco architecture, the garden is home to the Berber Museum. Housed within Marjorelle's studio, the museum is home to some 600 artifacts — from textiles and tools to instruments and jewels — that showcase the culture of Morocco's indigenous population. Between the tranquility of the garden and the beauty of the museum, you'll feel a world away from the busy streets of the souk!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The cafe outside the main entrance has a great view, but designer prices.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 185 things to do in Marrakech
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent restaurant tucked away in the Medina 08/17/2018
    • Very pretty, tiny bit pricey 08/17/2018
    • Jardin Majorelle
    Address:
    Rue Yves Saint Laurent
    Marrakech 40000
    Morocco
    Phone:
    +212 5243-13047
    Other:
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    Dar Si Said Museum
    Art Museums
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    Molly S Says:

    This craft museum takes a look at Morocco through its everyday items, from clothing and jewelry to tools and local crafts. The Dar Si Said Museum is also worth seeing for the beautiful design of building itself, complete with stunning mosaic interiors.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is open from 9am to 4:45pm.
    • Don't miss the courtyard at the back of the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 185 things to do in Marrakech
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Museum 08/17/2018
    • Stunning! 08/13/2018
    • Dar Si Said Museum
    Address:
    Derb El Bahia - Riad Zitoun el-Jedid
    Marrakech 40000
    Morocco
    Phone:
    212 (0) 24 44 24 64
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    Musee Tiskiwin
    Specialty Museums
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    Molly S Says:

    The Maison Tiskiwin is owned by Bert Flint, a Dutch anthropologist and avid collector of North African Art. It showcases pieces from the Sahara, Morocco, and Mali, which he collected during his travels in Africa. Each room has items from different regions. There is even room with a whole Berber tent inside!

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • This museum is great if you have limited time in Morocco.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 185 things to do in Marrakech
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 07/23/2018
    • Interesting 07/13/2018
    • Musee Tiskiwin
    Address:
    8 Rue de la Bahia
    Riads Zitoun
    Marrakech
    Morocco
    Phone:
    +212 24 38 91 92
    Other:
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    Bahia Palace
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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    Molly S Says:

    Bahia Palace (or 'palace of the beautiful') was built over a 14-year period for the notorious Grand Vizier (high official) Bou Ahmed. Take note of the colorful, intricate woodwork and enjoy the tranquil courtyards. The highlight of the visit, though, is without a doubt the Harem of Lalla Zineb, once home to Bou Ahmed's wives and concubines and decorated in woven-silk panels, intricate marquetry, and colorful stained-glass windows.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Only a small part of the palace is open to visitors.
    • Check before visiting, as the palace may be closed to the public if the royal family is in town.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 185 things to do in Marrakech
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Moroccan palace 08/16/2018
    • Must see mosaics! 08/13/2018
    • Bahia Palace
    Address:
    5 Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid
    Marrakech 40000
    Morocco
    Phone:
    +212 5243-89221
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
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    Saadian Tombs
    Architectural Buildings, Cemeteries
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    Molly S Says:

    Intricately decorated with elaborate carvings and Arabic script, the Saadian Tombs contain 100-some lavish tombs, the oldest to dating back to 1557. Sealed up by Sultan Moulay Ismail in 1603, the tombs were largely forgotten for centuries, until they were rediscovered in 1917. Today, visitors can explore these lavish final resting places and enjoy the beautiful main buildings, all built under Sultan Ahmed el Mansour.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The tombs are open in mornings (8:30-11:45am) and afternoons (2:30-5:45pm). Try to arrive early so that you beat the group tours.
    • Notice the colorful wall tiles and the Mihrab towards the back of the building.
    • This popular stop for visitors can have very long queues at times, but the it's are worth the effort.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 185 things to do in Marrakech
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful tombs 08/16/2018
    • Ancient history of Marrakech 08/13/2018
    • Saadian Tombs
    Address:
    Rue de la Kasbah
    Marrakech 40000
    Morocco
    Price range:
    $2 - $2
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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    Ben Youssef Madrasa
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Molly S Says:

    A Madrasa is a Koranic school, and this one, dating from the 16th century, is one of the largest and best preserved. The Moroccan craftsmanship alone makes this building well worth a visit.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Get the combined ticket for same-day access to three places: Ben Youssef, Musée de Marrakech, and Koubba el Badiyin.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 185 things to do in Marrakech
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not worth it 08/13/2018
    • Beautiful 08/10/2018
    • Ben Youssef Madrasa
    Address:
    Rue Assouel
    Marrakech 40000
    Morocco
    Phone:
    +212 644-727244
    Other:
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    Musee de Bijoux Nawahi
    Specialty Museums
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    Molly S Says:

    Musee de Bijoux Nawahi is located inside a Riad, and each of its rooms features jewelry from a different historic period. The interesting collection includes silverwork, beadwork, and embroidery.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Head up to the roof terrace to enjoy views along with an orange juice or a snack.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #108 of 185 things to do in Marrakech
    • Great museum for jewelery enthusiasts 02/26/2016
    • Lovely place 11/09/2015
    • Musee de Bijoux Nawahi
    Address:
    Db Ouayhah N 36/37 Sidi Abde El Aziz
    Marrakech 40040
    Morocco
    Price range:
    $0 - $0
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    Museum of Marrakesh
    Specialty Museums
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    Molly S Says:

    Set inside the 19th-century Palace of Dar Menebhi, Museum of Marrakech is a must for art lovers and artists. In addition to a large collection of contemporary art, featuring the many artists who have passed through the city over the years, the museum features special displays of jewelry and manuscripts,. There are also beautiful examples of Moroccan and Berber pottery to admire.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Get a ticket for same-day access to three places: Ben Youssef, Musée de Marrakech, and Koubba el Badiyin.
    • The shop sells books, prints, and tee shirts.
    • Items are only named in French and Arabic, without lengthy explanations, but the juxtaposition of exhibits against the stunning interiors still makes this museum a must.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #75 of 185 things to do in Marrakech
    • Worth a Visit 08/05/2018
    • Beautiful, if you've got time! 08/04/2018
    • Museum of Marrakesh
    Address:
    Place Ben Youssef
    Marrakech
    Morocco
    Phone:
    +212 670-912536
    Other:
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    Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    Molly S Says:

    The Koutoubia is the largest mosque in Marrakech. Its minaret — which inspired the design of the Giralda in Seville, Spain — is over 70 meters high and clearly visible on the Marrakech skyline. Next to the mosque are gardens and a large square, which are pleasant places to explore after you've walked along the walls of the mosque (non-Muslims are not allowed inside).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The tower is lit up at night.
    • Koutoubia is known as "the mosque of the booksellers," since 12th-century booksellers would set up stalls in this area.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 185 things to do in Marrakech
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely Mosque 08/17/2018
    • Beautiful mosque with gardens 08/16/2018
    • Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret
    Address:
    Avenue Mohammed V
    Marrakech 40020
    Morocco
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