Inaugurated in 1985, this museum covers an area of 300 m2 and occupies the left sector of the Kasba, the sumptuous historical monument of the city of Chefchaouen.
Historical overview of the building
The museum occupies within the Kasba in its north-west a fairly large space. Originally, it was the private residence of Prince Moulay Ali Ben Rachid, the founder of the town of Chefchaouen in 1471.
During the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail, the building was restored by one of its governors, the commander Ahmed Ben Ali Rifi, in 1743, which restored the Kasba its prestige and its role of yesteryear: the regional center of command from the Chefchaouen region and the Ghmara tribe.
The building of the museum was occupied and used as a communal center by the Spaniards during the protectorate.
Memorial place, history museum
It is the least we can say about this space that reinforces and preserves the cultural identity of this region. This place of identity, through the exhibits, transports you far into the past of the region to revive you with slices of history full of life and depicts a regional cultural heritage almost raw.
Collection of exhibited works
The traditional clothes belonging to the inhabitants of the four great tribes of the region: Lakhmas, Ghzawa, Bani Msara and Rhouna.
The silver jewels that the Chefchaouen Jews excelled in their manufacture.
Weaving items such as Mendil, Belt (Hzam), Haiku …
Different types of embroidery with various geometric patterns worn on women’s pillows and belts