Tuesday, April 06, 2010
The peculiar tale of the American Legation, Tangier
In December, we reported on our delightful trip to the American Legation Museum in Tangier and how much we enjoyed the museum and its offerings. But strange things are happening ... not everyone is allowed in, these days.
Our trip late last year was to prepare for a prestigious group of Australian visitors who are now here in Morocco on a tour of the country. On their first day in Tangier, a visit to the museum was planned. Of course, we checked that they'd be open at their advertised hours, and were assured they would be.
The party arrived at 15h00, only to be told that they couldn't come in because an important group from Agadir was expected. We asked the guard to phone the supervisor, and waited 45 minutes. No group from Agadir ever arrived, and our people went away disappointed.
Be warned! The Legation might post its opening hours at the door, but you won't be allowed in if someone 'more important' than you is expected.