Above: A view from the main courtyard of the Dar el Bacha-Musée des Confluences

Best (and Worst) Marrakech Museums

Marrakech is experiencing something of a renaissance these days. Part of its newfound energy has gone into a host of new museums, complementing a scene already rich with attractions, notably the Musée de Marrakech, the Maison de la Photographie, the Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs and the Ben Youssef Madrasa (currently closed for renovations).

I made it to four new museums on my last visit to Marrakech, but shortly after I departed, two more fascinating-looking institutions opened their doors. Time permitting, I recommend visiting all of the museums below, with one important exception.

Dar el Bacha-Musée des Confluences

A minbar, or a mosque pulpit, at the Dar el Bacha-Musée des Confluences - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

Although this uncrowded museum was only partially opened as of December of 2017, it’s quickly become one of Marrakech’s top attractions. The early 20th-century Dar el Bacha Palace was home to Thami el Glaoui, pasha of Marrakech from 1912 to 1956. The palace itself is magnificent, with splendid hand-painted ceilings and some of Morocco’s finest zellij tile work. But I was particularly moved by the Musée des Confluences now housed there, which displays objects illustrating the similarities among Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Closed Tuesdays.

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