Situated on Rue de la Bahia, between the Dar Si Said and Bahia palaces, the Tiskiwin Museum is one of the most fascinating tourist attractions in Marrakech. The museum was created by Dutch anthropologist Bert Flint, a North African Art collector who filled his museum with artefacts from Morocco, Mali, the Sahara, sub Sahara and neighbouring regions.
Without doubt one of the most fascinating museums and tourist attractions in Marrakech, the Maison Tiskiwin as it is commonly known, is located in a beautifully restored house exemplifying Hispanic-Moorish style. An architectural jewel in its own right, the museum showcases a colourful array of North African art and crafts chronicling the vibrant cultural history of the region.
Woodwork and Zellij
Even those not specifically interested in the origins of the displayed artefacts will stop to marvel at the elaborate, intricate designs of the woodwork and zellij (terracotta tiling) evident throughout the museum. Exceptionally beautiful, this visually striking artwork provokes admiration for the skill of the craftsmen who created it.
Amassed by Bert Flint since arriving in the city in 1957, the collection is organised, room by room, into a geographically themed exhibition. Each room marks out a different location along the ancient Marrakech to Timbuktu trade route across the Sahara. The colourful displays of objects includes exquisite hand-woven carpets, textiles and traditional Berber clothing as well as examples of intricate basketweaving, tribal handicrafts and jewellery. Many of these artefacts were bought from Marrakech’s legendary souks and preserved for future generations byFlint.
Easy to locate from the Dar Si Said or Bahia palaces’ car parks thanks to yellow signs with white inscriptions, the museum is open daily from 09:30 to 12:30 and from 15:00 to 18:00. A commentary in numerous languages is available.