Marrakech Museum Walking Tour, Marrakech (Self Guided)

The museums of Marrakech amaze with most surprising revelations of local traditions, history, and culture. But it is not only the collections exhibited there that make this tour a unique experience. It is also the architecture of the buildings and the fascinating atmosphere of past times. And even though Marrakech is not exactly the city of the museums, it is definitely worth a visit to the existing ones by taking the Marrakech Museum Walking Tour.
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Marrakech Museum Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Marrakech Museum Walking Tour
Guide Location: Morocco » Marrakech (See other walking tours in Marrakech)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Author: ann
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Musée Dar Si Saïd (National Museum of Weaving and Carpets)

1) Musée Dar Si Saïd (National Museum of Weaving and Carpets) (must see)

A calm and interesting place to spend a few hours is at the Museum of Moroccan Art (Dar Si Saïd), one of Marrakech’s most beautiful houses.

Dar means house, and this one was built for Si Saïd ibn Moussa, the Minister of War, whose brother was the Vizier Bou Ahmed. More than a simple townhouse, this magnificent building was put up in the mid 19th century and surrounds a superb courtyard full of flowers and cypress trees with a gazebo and a fountain.

The exhibition rooms around the courtyard have carved doors, extraordinary stuccowork and mosaics. You can visit the domed reception room and the harem quarters.

The prize of the collection is a 10th-century Spanish marble basin, brought to the city by the Sultan Ali ben Youssef in 1120. He put it in the mosque, even though it has eagle and griffons carved on it and Islamic law states that no decorations should represent living creatures. The basin was removed to the Ben Youssef Madrasa during the Saadian Dynasty and was donated to the museum when the college was restored.

Why You Should Visit:
This palace was always worth visiting for its wonderful interior, which has thankfully now been renovated.
The main public areas are now filled with antique carpets showcasing the different styles found across Morocco.
If you have no previous knowledge of Moroccan carpets, this wonderful exhibition will give you some valuable insight into the remarkable variety of styles & colors available here.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Mon: 10am-6pm; closed on Tuesdays
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Musée Tiskiwin

2) Musée Tiskiwin (must see)

Marrakech has some excellent museums and one of the best is Musée Tiskiwin which stands on Rue de la Bahia. There is only a small sign indicating the entrance, so keep an eye out for it, as it would be a shame to miss this fascinating collection.

The house is a very beautiful example of Spanish/Moroccan architecture, built in the late 19th century. Dutch anthropologist and art historian Bert-Flint began his superb collection in 1946 and the museum opened its doors in 1996.

You will find the finest examples of Moroccan arts, carpets, musical instruments, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, basketwork, textiles and furniture not only from the area but also from villages and settlements along the legendary “gold road”. There are rooms dedicated to art from Mali and Mauritania.

Mr. Flint wasn’t just happy spreading out his collection and sticking a name and date on it. Being an anthropologist and a historian, he has studied not only the details but the ethnology of each piece. When you arrive at the museum, you will be given a very good booklet that will clearly guide you through the origin and the history of every item, which makes the visit all the more interesting.

Why You Should Visit:
Eclectic and eccentric – it would never win any museum design award but very interesting content.
The setting is small and intimate and doesn't seem to attract large tour groups.
There is a lovely courtyard that you find as you finish viewing the collection.

Tip:
Make sure you pick up one of the photo-copied guides at reception as these help explain what you are looking at.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-12:30pm & 2:30-6:00pm
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Ministero del Gusto

3) Ministero del Gusto

Located in the heart of the Medina, Ministero del Gusto is a small art space owned by visual artists. The gallery was established in 1998. It displays avant-garde works of artistic geniuses from all over the world. The prominent feature of the works exhibited here is the modern African touch.
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Musée de Marrakech

4) Musée de Marrakech (must see)

The Marrakech Museum is housed in the 19th century Dar Menebhi Palace which was restored in 1997 by the Omar Benjelloun Foundation. It is one of the best examples of Spanish/Arab architecture and made up of rooms around a central courtyard with three fountains, seating areas and detailed tile work.

This courtyard, which is now the atrium of the museum was once open to the sky but now has been covered with glass and textiles to create the impression of being inside a tent. The centerpiece of the atrium is undoubtedly the magnificent chandelier made of metal shards, each one delicately decorated with inscriptions and geometric symbols.

The side rooms around the courtyard have lovely painted wooden ceilings and they house the exhibits, featuring historical books and manuscripts, clothes, coins, carpets and pottery from Arab, Berber and Jewish civilizations. You will see several jewel-encrusted daggers and swords and many beautifully decorated examples of the Koran.

The museum also holds temporary exhibitions on modern Moroccan art, but sadly, the explanations of each item, along with those in the permanent exhibition are all in Arabic/French.

There is a café that serves mint tea, very strong black coffee and small snacks. Artwork and souvenirs are on sale in the museum shop.

Why You Should Visit:
As long as you don't go inside expecting a historical museum experience, you will enjoy a stop here.
It's a beautiful building and a very good place to check the modern art of Marrakech.
The interior courtyard is stunning with beautiful tiled floors, elegant arches and wonderful decoration.
Another attraction is the huge wooden chandelier that looks like a UFO (and actually, it does).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-6:30pm
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La Qoubba Galerie d'Art

5) La Qoubba Galerie d'Art

Whether you are an art lover or just looking forward to discovering Moroccan art, La Qoubba Galerie d'Art is the right place for you to visit. Here you will find paintings from all over the country, all reflecting modern and postmodern styles. The gallery is located not far from the Marrakech Museum.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 9am-1pm, 2:30-6:30pm
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Majorelle Museum

6) Majorelle Museum (must see)

If you want to visit the Museum of Islamic Art, you will find it in the lovely Majorelle Museum, which is one of the most visited places in Marrakech, especially for its gardens.

Jacques Majorelle was a French artist, born in Nancy in 1886. He later attended the Nancy School of Art before moving to Paris. Although the Art Nouveau movement had more or less passed, he continued with the style, which he learned at school in Nancy.

In 1910 he paid his first visit to Africa and fell in love the country. He moved to Marrakech in 1917 and started painting his wonderful canvases full of color depicting the African way of life. In 1930 he was one of the first artists to use Africans as nude models. He painted his house in bleu Majorelle, a rich deep cobalt, and edged the windows and roof in yellow.

His house was bought after his death by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé and they installed their personal collections of Maghreb, Oriental, African and Asian carpets, ceramics, pottery, textiles, weapons and woodwork, creating the museum.

There is a stunning collection of Berber and Tuareg jewelry and wedding costumes and some rooms are dedicated to Jacques Majorelle’s fine works.

Why You Should Visit:
Interesting and informative representation of the indigenous culture of Morocco!

Tip:
Rather high price for Morocco, so book for a cheaper full three-visits ticket (Majorelle Garden plus 2 museums – Berbère & YSL). This way, you won't have to suffer the long line to get into the Garden.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8am-5:30pm

Walking Tours in Marrakech, Morocco

Create Your Own Walk in Marrakech

Create Your Own Walk in Marrakech

Creating your own self-guided walk in Marrakech is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Marrakech: Gueliz Walking Tour

Marrakech: Gueliz Walking Tour

Gueliz, otherwise known as the New City (Nouvelle Ville), is more like the downtown of Marrakech. Here you will definitely feel the western influence: McDonald's, KFC, brand stores, and even a supermarket. However Gueliz is also famous for its galleries and parks. Find what are the things that make Gueliz unique by taking the tour below.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Religious Walking Tour in Marrakech

Religious Walking Tour in Marrakech

Morocco's official religion is Islam. Therefore the most numerous religious structures in Marrakech are the mosques. This tour will introduce you to the most famous of them, as well as to some historic cemeteries, koubbas, and mausoleums. Prepare yourself to learn about the history of Islam and enjoy the architecture of Marrakech's religious attractions by taking the tour below.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
North Medina Walking Tour in Marrakech

North Medina Walking Tour in Marrakech

Since 1985 the Medina of Marrakech has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk the narrow streets and discover the best of cultural, historic, and religious sights in the north part of Medina. Take the time to explore the Dar Si Said and learn about Morocco's art. And of course don't hesitate to enjoy all the souks and shops along your journey. Just take the North Medina...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Marrakech's Palaces Tour

Marrakech's Palaces Tour

A nice activity while in Marrakech is visiting the few palaces this city possesses. Some of them, refurbished and restored, successfully function today as museums. Others, on the other hand, are slowly turning into ruins, but still have a long story to tell and spectacular architecture to amaze with. Take the Marrakech's Palaces Tour and enjoy the mystic atmosphere of these grandiose...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km
Medina Walking Tour in Marrakech

Medina Walking Tour in Marrakech

Dating back to the 19th century, Marrakech's Medina reveals an old Islamic capitol featuring important architectural historic and cultural sights, surrounded by beautiful ramparts. In 1985 it was listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This walking tour will take you to the most popular attractions in the south part of Medina.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Also known as "The Red City", Marrakech is an out-of-the-ordinary getaway which combines the old historic atmosphere of Medina with a lively modern tourist sights of Gueliz. Take this orientation walk and discover the most popular attractions Marrakech has to offer, as listed below.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Marrakech for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Marrakech has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Marrakech, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.