Ecomusée Berbere de l’Ourika, day trip from Marrakech

Ecomusee, berber village, near Marrakesh

Ecomusee, berber village, near Marrakesh

Berber culture is all the rage nowadays. You may have been to the wonderful Maison de la Photographie (46 Ahal Fès; 212-524-385-721; maison-delaphotographie.com) already, but have you visited its sister site, the Ecomusée Berbere de l’Ourika? This quirky little museum lies 37km outside of Marrakech – making it ideal for an afternoon excursion- and its main mission is to explain to visitors what life is like in a traditional Berber village.

The museum is located in the Ourika valley, in the small village of Tafza, and it is home to an interesting collection of different artefacts, ranging from pottery and carpets to ancient jewellery and classic travel photography. Perhaps best of all is the opportunity to view some fascinating early footage shot in the high Atlas by film director Daniel Chicault. We think this is an important collection that is key in preserving and promoting this ancient culture. A ‘must-visit’ on your next adventure to Morocco!

Vilage de Tafza, Route de l’Ourika +212-524-385-721 http://www.museeberbere.com/

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