The Museum of Marrakech is a historic palace and museum located in the old center of Marrakesh, Morocco. In addition to its notable architecture, the museum's collection showcases various historic art objects and contemporary art from Morocco.
The museum is housed in the Dar Mnebhi Palace, constructed at the beginning of the 20th century by Mehdi al-Mnebhi. Al-Mnebhi was a qaid of the Mnabha tribe and the vizier (minister) of war under Sultan Moulay Abdelaziz, from 1900 to 1908, replacing Ba Ahmad as the sultan's favourite. Al-Mnebhi also had other residences such as the Mnebhi Palace in Fez. His Marrakesh palace was later seized by the family of Pasha Thami El Glaoui, the autocratic ruler of southern Morocco under French rule, while Mnebhi was out of the country and serving as ambassador in London. After Morocco regained its independence (1956), the palace was seized by the state and in 1965 it was converted to a girls' school. After a period of neglect, the palace was carefully renovated by the Omar Benjelloun Foundation and converted into a museum in 1997.
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|Sunday||9:30 AM – 7:00 PM|
Gaelle S | Dec 28, 2017
Although we've been several times in Marrakech, it's the first time we visit this lovely little museum! It's well hidden yet really easy to find when you look for it. It has more to offer than great pictures for photography lovers; it's a piece of history told in these walls. When your visit is done, don't miss the couscous on the rooftop terrace restaurant! It's a very good restaurant with a beautiful view!
xiaoli Huang | Jan 20, 2018
The museum terrace restaurant is nice, start from the top midday with some tea and lunch and make your way down the three floors. Good collection ! Photos donated by Nicholas Mueller(from Hungary)’s daughter was interesting, so is the documentary on Trekking in the early period seeing barbares in the Atlas mountains. I was most surprised by the varied genetic phenotypes in their faces. Some intense stares from those faces coming back at you. I loved it!
Greta Sudziute | Jan 30, 2018
A small collection of beautiful photography. A place where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It has a very nice rooftop terrace overlooking the whole city, where we ate one of the tastiest tagines. The entrance fee allows you to return as many times as you want, so we returned again just for the food.
Jill Swanson | Feb 23, 2018
The museum itself is beautiful, housed in a converted riad. It features incredible historictic photographs, short biographies of photographers, and information about the variety of photographic processes and the history of photography. The room of polychrome photos was especially stunning.
Tanguy Bretagne | Jan 21, 2018
Gorgeous spot. Watched the sun set from their terrace before heading to their collection. Small but you can feel a great pride in what they have collected. Staff also is very happy to share, and it’s a beautiful break from the medina madness.
Richard Westmoreland | Apr 1, 2018
An interesting look into the history of Morocco and photographers who documented it. Tickets are cheap and there's free WiFi and a cafe on the top floor. Good place to kill an hour or two.
Michael Andersson | Mar 14, 2018
The rooftop terrace is a big plus. Spend around 45 minutes to look att pictures and read about it. Then enjoy a glass of lemon-mint juice on the terrace. Save your ticket to come back another day.
Marta Rybarczyk | Apr 22, 2018
The view from the top roof is nice. They have a nice collection of Moroccan photography, I liked the portraits in particular. The staff at the front desk wasn't very welcoming, not sure whether it was because I came 45min before closing. If you are not in to photography I'd give it a miss.
Thuy Pham | Apr 29, 2018
A beautiful small museum, definitely worth checking out if you like old cultural photographs. Leave room for lunch or a cup of mint tea and enjoy it on their terrace rooftop with wonderful views of the city.
Omar Sebti | Apr 26, 2018
Nice museum with fantastic photo between the 1910 to 1950 of Morroco people (portrait) and locations mainly Fez and Marrakech. You must get to the roof to have a drink and a nice view.
Brin Sawdon | May 13, 2018
Some interesting old photos of marrakech and the surrounding area, and some amazing portraits. If you're into photography, worth a visit for that. If not, worth a visit for the lovely restaurant on the top floor. Genuinely one of the best meals we had in Marrakech.
Neal Howland | May 10, 2018
The photographs are very interesting, you'll spend some time here but be sure to go up to the roof for lunch, or tea, whatever because the view is amazing! Public restroom here on the first floor is large and well maintained.
Daniel Pigeon | May 26, 2018
Cool little photo museum with lots of photos of Morocco from the early 1900s. It's interesting to see how things looked way back when... Some things are way different, others are not. Jemaa el fna is surprisingly similar ha. There's also a lot of nice old portraiture of Berber people and women in traditional Moroccan attire. Really cool. Rooftop terrace for tea or coffee when you're done exploring the museum.
Aftab Moosa | Jul 14, 2018
Some great photos of the past but strangely only through a European's eyes. Feels quite colonial and orientalist in it's approach. Nevertheless worth half an hour of browsing.
Trevor Brady | Jul 14, 2018
I really enjoyed this gallery of photography. I’m a photographer myself and found the exhibits really original. The gallery is very well priced. They also have good quality archive prints available. We enjoyed and tea on the rooftop terrace with and amazing very of the Madina.
TravelTales Online | Jun 16, 2018
If you're into photographs, you may appreciate this more than I did. Some of them were OK, but I most enjoyed the video about Morocco back in the day. I only went to the museum because I'd been suckered into a tannery tour and I was in the neighborhood.
Jerry Hart | Aug 8, 2018
Very charismatic settling near the Souls. Wonderful selection of photos that evoke bygone days of exploration and discovery.
Berta Nánássi | Aug 10, 2018
The museum show different kind of old photographs taken in Morocco around the 19th-20th century. There are photos on 3 different floors, which ends on a small terrace which gives a nice view of the medina. Also there is a small shop where you can buy snacks and cold drinks. Also the tickets can be used multiple times if you’d need a break from the crowded medina. The museum is located on the edge of the safe part of the medina. Be aware that some locals are try to mislead you and ask for money for it.
Katrina Frazer | Aug 11, 2018
Excellent photography on display. Very rich in history . And the food upstairs is amazing!
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