Rabat Museums Walk, Rabat (Self Guided)

Rabat is an old city dating back to the 7th century. A long history and great Moroccan traditions make Rabat a very interesting city to visit. Among other interesting attractions, Rabat has a number of unique museums. Take this walk in order to see some of the most amazing museums of Rabat.
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Rabat Museums Walk Map

Guide Name: Rabat Museums Walk
Guide Location: Morocco » Rabat (See other walking tours in Rabat)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 6 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 16.6 km
Author: alice
Oudayas Museum and Andalusian Gardens

1) Oudayas Museum and Andalusian Gardens (must see)

Oudayas Museum and Andalusian Gardens is the most visited place in Rabat. It is an outstanding piece of old Rabat architecture, culture and view. The museum shows the history of Rabat and its art works. The Gardens are located just next to the Kasbah des Oudayas. It is a very pleasant and beautiful park with a lot of flowers, roses, fruit trees and wide alleys and it is also very popular among locals, especially women. The garden was built by Tranchant De Lunel architect, under French rule, back in the 1920s. Next to the garden there is a very pleasant café. The museum works Wednesday- Monday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Mausoleum of Mohammed V

2) Mausoleum of Mohammed V (must see)

Mausoleum of Mohammed V was built by King Hassan II for his father Mohammed V. The building is a marvel of the Alaouite dynasty architecture and is a mausoleum and the resting place of Mohammed V and his two sons: King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah. The structure is located within the Yacoub Al Mansour Square and is a real king’s mausoleum by its beauty. The mausoleum was design by a Vietnamese architect. The structure is white with a green top roof, specific for the modern Moroccan architecture. The interior is absolutely outstanding and richly decorated and it is one of the few religious sights that is open to the public. The mausoleum is open daily from sunrise until sunset.
Costume Museum

3) Costume Museum

Costume Museum is a very interesting place to go in Rabat. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions and the museum has an extensive and fascinating collection of costumes, clothes and jewelry that show how people were dressed in the area since ancient times until the late Islamic era. The museum also has some paintings that show how these costumes looked on people.
Rabat Archaeological Museum

4) Rabat Archaeological Museum (must see)

Rabat Archaeological Museum, opened in 1932, contains the most extensive collection of archaeological artifacts found in Morocco. It contains prehistoric and pre-Islamic collections including an extensive collection of objects uncovered by archaeologists working in Volubilis, Banasa and Thamusida, and were first put on display in 1930-1932. This includes human remains from the middle palaeolithic period to the neolithic (4000 B.C.). A further find in 1957 saw the museum expand considerably, after which it became a National Museum and it has housed the National Museum collections since 1986. Pre-Roman and Roman civilisations are well-represented in the museum with a number of notable Hellenistic-style bronzes such as the Dog of Volubilis, and the marble 'Ephebe Crowned With Ivy and Head of a Young Berber'.

On the ground floor of the museum is an extensive collection of stone artifacts from prehistoric cultures. On display are a number of tools, arrows, axes, swordss, items of pottery, altars and sarcophagi and polished stones and stelae carved with inscriptions. The floor also has a number of tomb fragments and rock carvings. It covers Acheulian culture. The Pre-Islamic collection of the museum is derived from sites that include Volubilis, Banasa, Thamusida, Sala and Mogador and are organized by theme. The displays such as cooking utensils such as plates, dishes, glasses and knives reveal much about every day life and Mediterranean relations in earlier times particularly between Morocco and Carthage. The museum has an extensive collection found at the site of Sala-Chellah on the upper floor of the museum including an early Christian altar, a Byzantine censer.

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National Museum of Postal Services and Telecommunication

5) National Museum of Postal Services and Telecommunication

National Museum of Postal Services and Telecommunication is located within the Ministry of P&T in Rabat and was established in 1970. The museum is a very interesting and popular tourist attraction. The museum has an extensive collection not only of postal stamps and envelops, but also of all kinds of telephones, telegraph machines, a telegraph with printer and a machine to send pictures a long distance. The museum has some very interesting postal vans.
Galerie Bab Rouah

6) Galerie Bab Rouah

Bab Rouah is one of the most outstanding architectural structures and art galleries in Rabat. It is one of the five Rabat gates, also called the “Gate of the Winds”. It is huge and well preserved. The gate itself and its doors are richly decorated with amazing ornaments. Inside the gate there is an art gallery, a very popular one that has permanent as well as temporary exhibitions. The paintings belong to modern local artists and among them are such names as Farid Belkahia, Hassan Glaoui and Labied Miloud.
Musée de la Monnaie de Bank Al-Maghrib

7) Musée de la Monnaie de Bank Al-Maghrib (must see)

The Bank Al-Maghrib is the central bank of Morocoo and it was founded in 1959. In 1992, the bank opened the Musée de la Monnaie de Bank Al-Maghrib. The museum contains an outstanding collection of coins and other monetary documents. Also, it has a permanent collection of paintings. The museum is located on the third floor of the Al-Maghrib Bank. The building of the bank is a fascinating model of modern architecture in Rabat.

Walking Tours in Rabat, Morocco

Create Your Own Walk in Rabat

Create Your Own Walk in Rabat

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rabat 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.
Rabat-Salé Walk

Rabat-Salé Walk

Sale is the twin city of Rabat and it is located just across the Bou Regreg River. It is also a very old settlement with a rich history and some very interesting and fascinating attractions. Take this walk in Sale in order to see its most famous tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Morocco's capital Rabat is known for its picturesque natural surroundings as well as man-made beauty manifested in a combination of old and new architecture, featuring Islamic and French-colonial styles, abundance of mosques and historic monuments. One of the city's most prominent sights is the iconic Hassan Tower, a 12th-century minaret, soaring over the ruins of a mosque. Follow this...  view more

Tour Duration: 7 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 16.8 km
Rabat Shopping Walk

Rabat Shopping Walk

Rabat is heaven for those who love shopping. The city has many shopping opportunities in so-called traditional markets or shopping streets. All kinds of clothes, shoes, leather, jewelry, pottery, handicrafts, carpets, rugs and many other oriental items can be found here. Take this walk to see the most famous and popular markets and shopping streets in Rabat.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Medina and Kasbah Walk in Rabat

Medina and Kasbah Walk in Rabat

Rabat is a very popular tourist destination in Morocco. It has two main parts, the Old Walled City with the marvelous Kasbah des Oudayas, Medina and others. There is also the Ville Nouvelle or the New City with the Royal Palace and fascinating buildings of modern architecture. Take the walk below to see the most amazing attractions in Old Rabat.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Rabat 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 Rabat 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 Rabat, 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.