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Orientalist Museum

Morocco by European artists - متحف تاريخي

Orientalist Museum

Marrakesh's Orientalist Museum houses a collection of paintings of Morocco by European artists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They belong to the school known as “orientalist”, meaning that they show a romanticized, European image of the Islamic world.

The oldest works here are some drawings by Eugène Delacroix, who came to Morocco in 1832, and is sometimes regarded as being “the father of orientalism”.

Other artists represented include Jacques Majorelle, who created the famous Majorelle Garden, and Henri Pontoy, a friend of Majorelle's, who lived in Morocco from 1927 until 1965.

The collection is housed in a nicely restored old riad, very near to the Maison de la Photographie, which you could conveniently visit at the same time.

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5 Derb el Khamsi, Kaat Benahid, Médina, Marrakech 40000

Daily 9am–7pm

Entry 60dh

+212 (0)524 447379

The Orientalist Museum on Tripadvisor


Place Ben Youssef & Around

Marrakesh-In-2-Days (Day 2)

North & south of the Medina

Text © Daniel Jacobs

Image by Daniel Jacobs