Feast your culture cravings on Morocco’s wide choice of museums. Packed with architecture, art, history, sciences and much more, a visit to any of Morocco’s museums is guaranteed to widen your horizons.
Museum of Antiquities:
Housed in the former kitchens of the Sultan’s palace, Dar El Makhzen, this museum features a wide variety of objects and artefacts, including beautiful mosaics and bronze statues, that were retrieved from Roman archaeological sites.
American Legation Museum:
Housed in a beautiful stone building in the Medina of Tangier, this museum has on display beautiful examples of art from the 17th century right through to present day. Many of these relate to the history of Tangier. The rooftop lookout allows visitors a a stunning 360 degree view of the surrounding areas.
Established by American billionaire Malcolm Forbes and passed onto the Moroccan government after his death in 1990, this museum is primarily dedicated to military battles of the past. By means of an impressive collection of more than 115,000 lead model soldiers, various battles of note have been re-enacted complete with lighting and sound effects. The battle theme is carried out into the garden where more than 600 statues pay tribute to the Battle of Three Kings.
Museum of Moroccan Arts:
Housed in a former palace in the Medina of Tangier, the Museum of Moroccan Arts displays a collection of unique artworks from many different cities and towns throughout Morocco. Visitors can expect to see intricate textiles, tile work, leather goods, jewelry, brass, copper and earthen-ware crockery and containers, and more.
This museum features a number of exhibits which are dedicated to the pre-historic and pre-Islamic period of Morocco’s history. Visitors will discover fascinating facts about the Romans, Phoenicians, Mauritanians and the Punics and the impact they had on this beautiful region of Morocco.
The many colorful exhibits at this museum offer visitors immense insight into the lives of Morocco’s people, highlighting their many artistic talents and fascinating traditions.
Dar Jamai Museum:
Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, this museum is housed in a 19th century home which belonged to the Jamai family. The building itself is exquisite and the exhibitions of traditional crafts are superb. Visitors can expect to see wrought iron, brass work, woodcarving, ceramics, leather work and copper.
The museum is housed in an authentic Moroccan mansion dating back to the 17th century which is nestled in lush gardens with a maze of pathways through endless beds of colorful flowers. The collections in the museum include a myriad of magnificent traditional Moroccan carpets, pottery, musical instruments, jewelry, ancient Korans and more.
Natural Science Museum:
Home to a fascinating collection of items which have been unearthed during archaeological expeditions, this museum chronicles the origins of the earth and the creatures which have inhabited it over millions of years.
The impressive collections housed in this museum include objects and artifacts dating back to the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods through to our time. Of particular interest are the intricately crafted bronze sculptures from Pre-Roman and Roman civilizations.
From Morocco’s first official stamp dated 12 May 1912, through to modern day technology, this museum is dedicated to the various methods of communication through the ages.
Dar Batha Museum:
This museum houses a notable collection of traditional arts and crafts. Many items, such as intricately carved wooden furniture, carpets, wrought iron furniture and a multitude of ceramics are not only superb examples of the craftsman’s skill, but are functional too.
Housed in a 16th century fortress which towers over the city of Fez, the Borj-Nord Museum provides insight into the military history of Morocco through a series of displays of weapons through the ages.
Dar Si Said Museum:
Housed in a luxurious palace, this museum is superbly decorated and overflowing with beautifully hand-crafted items. Although many of these items are hundreds of years old, similar items are still used by many Moroccans, especially in the more mountainous regions.
Bert Flint Museum:
This unusual and charming museum focuses on the culture and way of life of the people of the Souss Valley and the Sahara. An impressive display of ancient music instruments, fabrics, textiles and theatrical costumes shows the role that entertainment has played throughout history.
Majorelle Museum and Gardens:
Set in beautifully landscaped gardens, this museum stands as a colorful tribute to French-born artist Jacques Majorelle who designed and established the gardens. The intense shade of blue which is used to great effect throughout the gardens has come to be known as Majorelle Blue.
Often referred to as the “jewel of Marrakech”, the Dar M’Nebhi Palace which houses the Museum is a feast for the eyes. The dozens of beautifully decorated rooms, with magnificent archways, pillars, mosaics and more are home to a superb collection of Jewish, Berber and Muslim artifacts.
Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah Museum:
Located in a gracious 19th century residence, this museum houses a collection of traditional garments, tapestries, musical instruments and a variety of handicrafts. The house itself is a delight to explore.
National Ceramics Museum:
Housed in a majestic citadel which was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese, the National Ceramics Museum is home to a number of superb examples of Safiot pottery made in the traditional way which is passed down from generation to generation, as well as a multitude of other traditional pottery items.