Museum of Photography (Maison de la Photographie)#7 in Best Things To Do in Marrakech
When you need a break from Marrakech's street hawkers and religious sites, consider checking out the Museum of Photography. Situated in the medina by the Medersa Ben Youssef, this photography museum features roughly 10,000 original prints from photographers like Jean Besancenot, Joseph Bouhsira and Pierre Boucher, many depicting various Moroccan scenes and landmarks. Collections with postcards, glass negatives and documentaries, plus a library with 19th- and 20th-century works are also available on-site.
Though some say this small museum is tricky to find, many rave about its photographs, adding that the facility does an excellent job of telling the city's history. Another highlight of this property is its rooftop terrace, which offers tasty Moroccan cuisine and breathtaking city and mountain views.
The Museum of Photography sits about a mile northeast of stop No. 15 on ALSA's History Tour Tourist Bus line, and a few traditional ALSA bus routes have drop-off and pick-up locations nearby. In addition to the property's terrace cafe, library and collections, travelers will find restrooms and a gift shop on-site. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and admissions cost 40 Moroccan dirhams (less than $5) per person. Children 11 and younger get in for free. To find out more, visit the attraction's website.
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#1 Medina of Marrakesh
The heart of Marrakech lies in its historic city center – a UNESCO World Heritage site. For centuries, the medina acted as a political and economic hub whose influence radiated throughout the Middle East. Royals resided here, international trade took place here and cultures developed here. As you stroll through this 11th-century labyrinth of alleyways, you'll see that Marrakech's history remains intact.
Past visitors said that the medina is a must-see, especially at night. Most of its popular food and merchandise stalls are situated in Jemaa El Fna, but for a less crowded atmosphere, explore the streets outside the medina's main square. It's easy to lose your bearings here, so some former travelers also suggest visiting with a guide. Companies that offer guided walks around the medina include Marrakech Guided Tours and Marrakech Tour Guide – both recommended by recent travelers.
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