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“Small museum but worth visiting!”
Review of Oudaia Museum

Oudaia Museum
Ranked #20 of 55 things to do in Rabat
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Based on some guidebooks this used to be an arts and crafts museum with various carpets, copperwork, musical instruments, astrolabes, etc, but by my visit in March 2013 it had been converted into a museum devoted primarily to jewelry, which was more interesting than it might sound. The museum has some really beautiful pieces from different parts of Morocco and different eras of Moroccan history, but English explanations would have been appreciated. Not a very large museum, only 5 rooms (one of which, incongruously, is just the old hammam and is not really connected to jewelry) around a courtyard. But for me definitely worth the hour (or less) of your time that a visit requires, and the pretty building (an old palace) in which it is housed is worth the 10 Dirham (about $1.25 US) admission by itself. The museum is inside the Kasbah, and the entrance is through the Andalusian Gardens. Both the Kasbah and the Gardens have their own TA listings, all are worth visiting, and one could visit all three together, along with Café Maure (next to the Gardens, overlooking Salé and the Bou Regreg River) in a couple of hours. One caution: My in-laws visited this museum and after they paid for their admission, one of the museum staff took them from room to room. They did not realize it, but this was apparently a tour, after which the guide demanded exorbitant payment. This did not happen to me, but just know that if someone is showing you around, it might not just be because that person is nice.

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Reviewed July 28, 2012

I believe this is the museum in the Palace in the Kasbah. It is an ancient walled garden Palace with an extensive system of paths, plants, trees, flowers and pools. The main house is restored and is a museum containing a number of interesting artifacts. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed July 12, 2012

This museum, tucked away in the Medina in Rabat, is a hidden treasure. The Kasbah itself, in which it is housed, is worth seeing, but the collections of jewelry are fantastic and well curated. If you don't read Arabic or French, bring a translator (mobile or otherwise) as the information provided is interesting. The collection covers prehistoric and ancient items but also a lot of beautiful items collected during the colonial era, with explanations of regional, gender, and other differences. It opens and closes at odd times, so check the schedule and/or call ahead! And be sure to bring a map - otherwise an impromptu "guide" may try to steer you off the path (happened to us, but we were with someone who had a good idea of where it was located). Plan to spend some time relaxing outside in the garden (great spot for pictures) and check out the gift shop nearby (if its open) - great postcards, souvenirs, jewelry, etc. No pictures of the artifacts are allowed, so my photos are just of the building and surroundings.

3  Thank SouthbayA
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

there is very little to see in that place, I think it is a waste of time to go there when the city has so much else to offer.

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Reviewed March 2, 2017
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