Museum of History & Civilisation


Reopened after a major renovation, this small but perfectly formed museum is split in to two sections – the first showcases the history of Morocco through the centuries, the second focuses on its wonderful collection of ceramics, statuary and other artefacts from the Roman settlements at Volubilis, Lixus and Chellah.

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1. Villa des Arts de Rabat

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3. St Pierre Cathedral

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4. Royal Palace

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5. Chellah

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6. Tour Hassan

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