Dar Si Said is a large palace built in the second half of the 19th century on the initiative of Si Said B. Moussa who served as minister of war under the regency of his brother Ba Hmad. On the death of Si Said in 1900, the house had undergone several assignments. In 1914, the French protectorate made it the seat of the successive chiefs of the Marrakech region.
In l930, the Department of Domains assigned it to the Directorate General of Public Instruction, Fine Arts and Antiquities to set up offices in the Department of Indigenous Arts, a museum of ancient art and Workshops of artisans. In 1957, the premises of Dar Si Said were divided between the Service of the Craftwork and the Museum. The latter has occupied since. This date, near half of the palace including notably the large Riad with its four rooms, the small Riad, the two floors and numerous annexes. By its structure and decoration, this part of Dar Si Saïd constitutes a preserved testimony of the Moroccan domestic architectural art of the last century.
In 1978-80, the museum had undergone a major restoration and redevelopment campaign. Some collections have been completed, others are under construction. Most of the collections of this regional museum come from Marrakech and from the south and particularly from Tensift, Sous, High Atlas, Anti Atlas, Bani, Tafilalet. They are homogeneous ensembles of woodwork, jewelery, pottery and ceramics, weapons, carpets and weavings and some archaeological pieces including the marble vat from the beginning of the 11th century.
Opening Times :
- Monday to Sunday : 9h – 18h