After a year of renovation, the Museum of History and Civilisation in Rabat will reopen its doors to the general public today (Wednesday 12 April)
The new scenography of the museum combines two paths; a chronological journey that tells the history of Morocco from prehistory to the Islamic period, and a thematic route offering the visitor a specific focus dedicated to marble and antique bronze
The thematic route includes marble statues, mainly from Volubilis and Banasa.
On the upper level, the visitor discover Morocco under different dynasties, including the Idrissides, Almoravides, Almohades, Merinides and Alawites, through archaeological remains unearthed in the sites of Belyounech, Sijilmassa and Koutoubia.
The director of the museum Mohammed VI of Modern and Contemporary Arts and commissioner of the renovation of the museum, Abdelaziz El Idrissi, indicated that the objective of the renovation of the museum is to enrich the cultural offer of the city of Rabat.
"The museum will become a true cultural destination, which will contribute to meet the demand, with the setting up of an exhibition retracing the history of Morocco and the various periods that the country has known, allowing visitors to feel the peculiarity of our heritage," says El Idrissi.
The curator of the Museum of History and Civilisation and curator of the permanent exhibition, Fatima Zohra Chbihi, emphasised that the renovation reflects the museum's vocation to trace the history of the different civilisations of Morocco.
"Different civilisations have crossed our country that constitute the diversity and cultural richness of the Kingdom. The new exhibition was designed primarily to translate the genius of the human spirit and its evolution on Moroccan territory, "says Chbihi.
The restoration of the museum is part of the strategy of the National Museum Foundation, which aims to enhance museums in order to make them more welcoming and attractive and to bring them up to modern standards of conservation and preservation of heritage.
Located in El Brihi street, right in the centre of Rabat, the museum was built under the French protectorate in the 1920s to house the antiquities department of the protectorate.
Museum of History and Civilisations, El Brihi Street, Rabat. Open every day except Tuesdays, from 10am to 6pm. Rates vary from 20 dirhams for adults, 10 dirhams for children between 15 and 18 and 5 dirhams for children under 14 or school groups. A 50% discount is provided for students upon presentation of their card.