Museum of the Palmery

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Museum of the Palmery

Signposted on the Route de Fes as you head out to the Palmery, this cultural oasis is well worth a detour. Marrakesh-born Abderrazzak Benchaabane—ethnobotanist, perfume maker, garden designer, and local legend—has created an enchanting walled garden and, within it, a contemporary art museum. The garden adjoins his home and exhibits his own collection of contemporary Moroccan art, paintings, and sculptures. Benchaabane was responsible for the restoration of the Majorelle Gardens at the request of Yves Saint Laurent in 1998, and the garden designs here clearly reflect his passion for creating beautiful natural spaces. The indoor gallery and arcades open out to a water garden with pergolas and pavilions, an Andalusian garden, rose beds, and cactus gardens.

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