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Oudayas National Museum of Jewelry

The Oudayas National Museum of Jewelry is one of Morocco’s oldest, getting its name from its location within the Kasbah of the Oudayas, a historical site of the nation.

Situated to the northeast of Rabat, the Kasbah overlooks the estuary. Originally established by the Almoravids and later expanded by the Almohads in the 11th century to defend against coastal attacks, the Kasbah represents the earliest urban core of Rabat.

Designated as a national heritage site by Marshal Lyautey in the early 20th century, the Kasbah underwent restoration and enhancement, including the creation of an Andalusian-style garden, a museum, and a Moorish café. Its historical and architectural importance is undeniable, spanning over a millennium of human presence. In 2012, UNESCO recognized its significance by listing it as a World Heritage Site along with the Medina of Rabat.

The Andalusian garden within the Kasbah offers a sensory experience of colors and scents. Serving as a cherished space for residents and visitors to take in the essence of Rabat.

Originally an ethnographic museum, the Oudayas Museum transitioned in 2006 to focus exclusively on jewelry, earning the title of the “National Museum of Jewelry.” In 2014, its management was handed over to the National Museum Foundation. Following a recent restoration completed in 2022, the museum is now known as the “Oudayas, National Museum of Adornment.”

The museum’s permanent exhibition centers around the same theme, a cornerstone celebrated for its diversity and cultural significance serving as a reflection of aesthetic preferences and perceived protective qualities.

The museum is open from Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm, and closed on Tuesdays. Admission is just 60 dirhams per person.

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