Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah Museum

Essaouira, Morocco
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Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah Museum



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The Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah Museum in Morocco is situated in a pasha residence that dates back to the 19th century. The graceful mansion is certainly worthy of attention since it is typical of such buildings at the time. Within its walls it is easy to imagine the graceful lifestyle that a person in such a position of authority must have enjoyed. This particular mansion is the setting of a great ethnographic museum where one can get a taste for the local art in its many different forms.

The museum has a display of traditional garments for special occasions, tapestries, musical instruments (both old and modern) and a number of other articles. There is a strong focus on the Berber culture and many of the articles originate with these people. There are some articles that are used in Berber rituals and there are a number of handicraft traditions specific to particular tribes, which have been well documented and presented. There is also an excellent collection of woodwork and carpets and a wonderful display of old photographs of traditional costumes. Some of the ethnographic parts of the display are located on the upper floor.

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