Majorelle Garden and Museum of Islamic Art, Marrakesh
Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakesh 40090
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Contact:+212 52 431 3047
Open Hours: Oct 1-Apr 30: Daily 8a-5:30p; May 1-Sep 30: Daily 8a-6p; Month of Ramadan: Daily 9a-5p
The Museum of Islamic Art is situated in the original studio of the French painter Jacques Majorelle in the wonderful garden ... More
Majorelle Garden and Museum of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic Art is situated in the original studio of the French painter Jacques Majorelle in the wonderful garden created by the painter and open to the public. It exhibits the personal collection of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge who are the present owners of the building. The collection consists of carpets, pottery, jewelry, furniture, and ancient doors from various countries. One room is specially dedicated to Majorelle's engravings and paintings depicting the Moroccan landscape. But the real reason to visit are the beautiful gardens. They first opened to public in 1947 and feature a fabulous array of plants from various countries. This wonderful botanical garden, with its big cactus, palm-trees, and bamboos is a true beauty and the colors harmonize with the famous deep blue chosen by Majorelle for his studio's façade. Call ahead for more details.
My granddaughter and I spent a week touring in Morrocco and on our last day in Marrakech, spent a couple of hours strolling the paths in the Jardin Majorelle, taking photos and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. This garden was obviously designed by an artist, with its artful arrangements of plants - cacti, palms, other native plants - and of brightly colored pottery vases along the walkway. On the day we were there, the Museum of Islamic Art (on the grounds) was closed for renovations, a bit of a disappointment. The atmosphere was serene; no crowds, no noise. Some visitors rested on benches, contemplating or soaking up the calm. I wished for such a place near home where I might go for a refreshing and relaxing interlude whenever the spirit moved!
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