Marrakesh is home to a number of interesting museums and galleries, which serve to educate visitors on the city’s past and display the extensive arts and crafts that the area has produced. From centuries-old artwork to contemporary photography, there’s something for all culture-lovers who are looking to really learn more about the region’s artistic heritage.
The Museum of Marrakesh is an exhibition space within a huge 19th century mansion, the Dar Mehebhi Palace, and is one of the most popular attractions in the city. It shows multiple works at one time, and displays an array of arts and crafts, with archaeological pieces dating back to the 8th and 9th century, as well as jewellery, ceramics, and modern day artwork. It represents classic Andalusian architecture, with traditional seating areas, fountains in the central courtyard, with obscure tilework and carvings. The museum is also home to pottery from Morrocan Jewish and Arab cultures.
Jardin Majorelle, the garden designed by the French artist, Jacque Majorelle in the 1920’s, remains a major attraction in Marrakesh, and boasts a wonderful mix of nature and art, and a quiet place or reflection. The lush greenery, dazzling colours and calming water fountains offer a real place of peace and tranquillity, in a well-designed beautiful space. There’s a heavy dose of the artist’s favourite colour, cobalt blue, featured throughout the landscaped gardens, as well as a distinct Art Deco flair.
Dar Si Said also known as the Museum of Moroccan arts displays a range of interesting artefacts crafted from wood, and includes some nice shady gardens and a quiet courtyard. The collection of the museum is believed to be one of the finest in Morocco, displaying jewellery from the high atlas, carpets from the Haouz, and oil lamps from Taroudannt.
For photography buffs, the Maison de la Photographie shows a collection of vintage photography from the area. It is located in the oldest part of Marrakesh, the Medina. With photographs ranging from the 1870’s to the 1950’s, it is home to over4, 500 old photos. The pictures show a lot of history about the city, such as portraits, archaeological sites, Moroccan landscapes and important architectural complexes. Every six months the museum changes its exhibition with different style themes using their large range of Photos.
Marrakesh is full of history, displaying art from a range of different cultures. It is really a truly fascinating place, perfect for those who are looking to learn more about the Heritage and culture of this great city. Why not book an All inclusive holiday and explore the museums and galleries for yourself to grasp the true beauty of Marrakesh.
A Guest Post by Jason Briggs