Dar El Bacha Museum

Dar El Bacha Museum, in Marrakesh, has a rich history and heritage. Originally constructed in 1910 as the residence of Thami El Glaoui, who was appointed as the Pasha of Marrakesh by the Sultan at that time, Moulay Youssef in 1912, the building underwent extensive renovation by the FNM and reopened its doors as a museum in 2017.

The museum is a stunning example of traditional Moroccan architecture, featuring a central courtyard with fountains and orange trees, surrounded by traditional lounges. The layout of the building follows the classic riad design, with a symmetrical arrangement of rooms around the central garden. It includes various dependencies such as the hammam, douiria, library, and a private space once reserved for the Pasha’s family.

The intricate decor of the Museum is true to the craftsmanship and artistry of Moroccan artisans. From the finely detailed zellige tiles to the elaborately carved wooden ceilings, every corner exudes elegance and charm. The museum also showcases the ingenious water supply, drainage, and heating systems of a traditional hammam, highlighting the practical ingenuity of its architecture.

Dar El Bacha houses a diverse collection of artifacts from the Marrakech region, including woodwork, jewelry, pottery, ceramics, weapons, carpets, weavings, and archaeological pieces. The collection, comprising 1,342 pieces, offers a comprehensive insight into the region, with a particular focus on Marrakesh and its surrounding areas.

One of the museum’s most notable attractions is the collection curated by Patti Birch, an American philanthropist. These collections not only showcase the beauty of Moroccan craftsmanship but also contribute to preserving and promoting the cultural legacy of Marrakesh.

Dar El Bacha’s significance extends beyond its architectural beauty, serving as a hub for cultural exchange and appreciation.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and closed on Mondays. Tickets are 65 dirhams per person and are sold at the museum.