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“Fun, interesting, authentic”
Review of The Oasis Museum

The Oasis Museum
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Tinejdad
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed April 22, 2014

We really enjoyed this place. We were not expecting such an interesting experience. The museum isn't huge, but it's restored very well, and it was really cool to go into the kasbah further and realize that lots of people still actually live there. There were some interesting items on display, and there was also a lovely terrace cafe attached, surrounded by roses and a nice palmerie. The museum was great value, and though not large, we felt the overall experience made it worth the extra minutes of driving to visit it. GPS is helpful to find the museum. The restaurant is ala carte too, so perfect if you want to save your appetite for a big meal later. All staff were very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend El Khorbat.

2  Thank lindagaf
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Reviewed April 3, 2014

This berber museum is unfortunately very easy to miss, so you have to drive slowly and keep your eyes open for the sign.

The museum houses many artefacts relating to berber history throughout the ages and provides a fascinating insight into life many years ago. Artefacts are clearly labelled and there's also the museum guide who is on hand to help with any information.

An hour or two thoroughly well-spent, the museum also provides a welcome respite from the sun.

Admission fee was 20dh.

1  Thank Rachel H
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

Very interesting and excellently curated museum in a well maintained ksar. Information plaques in 8 languages and only 20 dirhams for entry! Also a very nice hotel and restaurant.

Thank bokad
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

This was a stop on our trip from Merzouga to Tineghir with Morocco Explored. I think our driver was surprised by how much time we spent going through the many rooms, but we are the kind of museum goers who read all the labels and take the time to understand how the artifacts were used. The objects are displayed well and offer a picture of life in times past. Or times present. We saw a wooden plow exhibited here that looked ancient, and then saw a very similar one being pulled by a mule in a field with a man walking behind. the next day. There was a very clear explanation of khettara, an ingenious irrigation system that we had seen earlier in the day near Jorf. We bought a CD with photos of the exhibits, to remind us of this visit. The museum is part of a ksar which is carefully restored and maintained by an NGO interested in sustainable tourism. There is a workshop where women embroider and sell haïk, the traditional large shawl they wrap themselves in. Prices are fixed and the percentages that go to buying materials, paying the women, and financing the association are explained. Money also supports education for the children. Visitors are asked not to encourage begging by giving money or candy to children. Donations of school supplies to the association are welcome. There is a lovely hotel here, but we just had a meal at the outdoor restaurant. The food was excellent and prices normal for this kind of food. The setting in the garden was lovely.

Thank mangau
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We discovered this little gem as we travelled from Todra Gorge to Merzouga and it is well worth taking the time to visit.

The ksar, which houses the museum and auberge, is still very much a lived-in collection of houses and courtyards - if you have visited other kasbahs such as Ait Ben Haddou this will really make it spring to life for you and help you to better understand what you have already seen.

The museum is overflowing with fabulous examples of art, tools, building materials etc and all are accompanied by details signs which give a full explanation in English, French, Arabic and Spanish.

As a woman, I was particularly interested in the traditional wedding attire of both men and women, as well as the examples of talismans and "spells" worn by Berber women around their necks in order to cure an ailment or capture the heart of a lover.

Really, I cannot go into detail about all the pieces on shows as there are just so many which capture an entire way of life. The museum website has more information about the various groupings of artefacts - all of which are displayed beautifully and given a perfect amount of space within the various rooms. It is great to see pieces in their true environment and not in a modern glass and steel building. For example, the wooden brick-making and wall-building tools make far more sense when you see them standing beside the walls of the ksar which were built in exactly the same way.

Upon leaving, we visited a small gift shop area where local ladies were busy embroidering shawls. We bought a couple of these for a very reasonable fixed price; not only are they beautiful pieces and wonderful souvenirs but the money raised by sales also goes toward a local cooperative that helps the women and children of the village.

This is a fabulous museum which deserves a visit. Apart from anything else, the rooms and corridors provide a wonderful cool respite from the heat of the day - which is exactly what they were designed to do.

Thank LaLico
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