Museums and galleries
Marrakech’s hot cultural ticket now offers new museums, cultural spaces and a biennale which has been a boon for the arts. There are now a whole host of cultural things to do in Marrakech.
In the Medina, visit the new Douiria Mouassine, an exquisitely decorated reception apartment restored by the owner of the Maison de la Photographie, itself founded in 2010 to showcase fascinating historical photography of Morocco. The Marrakech Museum of Photography & Visual Arts has featured the work of Don McCullin, Lewis Morley, Magnum and Moroccan photographers inside its temporary home at the Badii Palace (it will relocate to a fabulous Sir David Chipperfield-designed museum in 2016).
Cool, green spaces are at a premium in Marrakech. Escape to the vibrant Jardin Majorelle and its dazzling Berber Museum within its Ville Nouvelle walls, or head out to the Palmeraie Museum for art works amid the manicured gardens belonging to ecology teacher Abderrazzak Benchaâbane.
Museum and gallery details
Douiria Mouassine 5 Derb El-Hammam. +212 524 38 57 21. Admission 30dh.
Marrakech Museum of Photography & Visual Arts (MMPVA) and Badii Palace Place des Ferblantiers.
Maison de la Photographie 46 rue Ahl Fès, off rue Bin Lafnadek. +212 524 38 57 21. Admission 40dh.
Rahba Kedima spice market and Nomad Place Rahba Kedima, Medina. +212 524 38 16 09.
Majorelle Gardens Rue Yves Saint Laurent. +212 524 31 30 47. Admission 50dh. (Admission to Berber Museum 25dh.)
Musée de Palmeraie Dar Tounsi, route de Fès. +212 661 09 53 52.
Culture and the arts
Acclaimed artist Hassan Hajjaj’s Moroccan pop art has done much to revive interest in the arts in the city. His work is much imitated but see the real deal at his Riad Yima studio-cum-café, south of the spice market. Café Clock in the Kasbah is pushing the mercury on the city’s cultural thermometer with its programme of storytelling, calligraphy and jam sessions. Leading the vanguard is Redha Moali from seriously hip Hotel Fellah out of town with its culture programme and artists’ residencies. Cocktails listening to singers and pianists by its fabulous pool, anyone?
Marrakech’s Art Biennale has been a boon for the Red City’s arts scene. Look for contemporary art in Marrakech’s best art galleries found in the Ville Nouvelle. The David Bloch Gallery is a key player. Marrakech’s artistic renaissance is also found at contemporary artist Hassan Hajjaj’s Riad Yima, and the Hotel Fellah; look out too for pop-up events and the artistic ingenuity of young artists, at Le 18 in the Medina.
Arts venue details
David Bloch Gallery 8 bis rue des Vieux Marrakchis, Guéliz. +212 524 45 75 95.
Café Clock Derb Chtouka. +212 535 63 78 55.
Riad Yima 52 derb Aarjane, Medina. +212 667 23 09 95.
Hotel Fellah Route de l’Ourika, km13, Tassoultante Canal Zabara. +212 525 06 50 00.
Le 18 18 derb El-Ferrane, off rue Riad El-Arous, Medina. +212 524 38 98 64.