Rabat Archaeological Museum

Rabat, Morocco

Historical Presentation

With over 550 exhibited items and thousands more in its stores, the archaeological museum of Rabat is one of the country’s most prestigious museums. Founded in 1928, the museum traces the history of Morocco from its prehistoric to Islamic periods and is the culmination of a series of expansions and developments. The new exhibition concept, developed after the renovations of 2003-2004, emphasises the objects from the excavation of the Almohad mosque in Tinmel and those around the Koutoubia mosque in Marrakesh.

Artefacts on display

The museum exhibition occupies three rooms, a patio and a garden.

- The first section, on the ground floor, exhibits a chronological overview of pre-Islamic Morocco from its prehistoric cultures to the Phoenician, Mauritanian and Roman epochs, each of which are illustrated by specific tools and production.

- The upper floor contains the Islamic collections which are organised thematically in regard to material and object usage. Varying coins represent the successive Islamic dynasties within Morocco. The ceramic collections highlight the evolution of several techniques throughout the Islamic period; cuerda seca, stamped, metal and polychrome glazes. Architectural developments are represented through structural and decorative aspects such as murals, wood structures, capitals, cloisters and stucco.

- This section is also thematically curated and highlights the classical statuary, when the region was part of the Roman province known as Mauretania Tingetana. Prestigious works illustrate Greco-Roman mythology as well as the history and the public life of the empire, denoting a collection of inestimable historical and aesthetic value. These include statues of the Roman Goddess Venus, Theseus slaying the Minotaur, the Ephebe pourer, an imposing head of the Goddess Juno and a bust of the Mauretanian King Juba II (25 BCE-23 CE).

- The third section of the museum offers a collection of inscriptions and rock engravings.

23, rue Brihi
Rabat, Morocco
T +212 537 70 19 19

Khadija Bourchouk
T +212 537 701 919

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