Museums in Casablanca

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More than just a movie, Casablanca’s a dream of a city. African, yet multicultural, its role in world history and culture has been somewhat large considering its otherwise isolated geography.

The Museum of Moroccan Judaism of Casablanca

The Museum of Moroccan Judaism of Casablanca is a museum dedicated to the history of Jews in Morocco. Sephardic Judaism has a long and interesting history, and Casablanca is known to be one of the most important cities for Sephardic Jews, especially in the pre-Israel era. The museum is original in its purpose and its existence is slightly controversial – the first Jewish museum in any Arab country. The museum contains a large room that is used for various exhibits along with 3 permanent rooms detailing Jewish religious life in Morocco, as well as an entire Moroccan synagogue. There are also various libraries (document, video, and photo) in the building. The museum has guided tours in English, French Arabic and Spanish. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is also open by appointment on Sundays. Admission to the museum is 20 dh.

Villa des Arts (Fondation ONA)

The Villa des Arts is the Moroccan modern art museum and is one of the best places in Africa to look at modern art. The Villa includes a café for those who would like to drink coffee while discussing Moroccan modern art pieces. As the only modern art museum in Morocco, this is more than worth the trip. Admission is 10 dh and it’s open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

January 29, 2010 change by schitti

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