The Batha Museum or the Museum of Moroccan Arts, in Fez is known to house an excellent collection of traditional Moroccan arts and crafts. Dar Batha is a late 19th century Moorish palace that was built by Moulay el Hassan and is now where the museum is located. The museum is home to one of Morocco's finest handicrafts collections, and includes displays on crockery and ceramics, woodcarvings, coins, leatherwork, jewelry, fine embroidery, colorful Berber carpets and more. One of the highlights of the museum is the pottery room. Home to an impressive collection of ceramic objects, including earthenware crockery and painted plates, masterfully crafted by Fez craftsmen and dating from the 14th century to the present, the pottery room is not to be missed. Also a must-see while here are the astrolabes; astronomical instruments that were created and perfected by learned Arabs. After a guided tour of the museum, visitors can relax in its tranquil Andalusian garden.
Wednesday to Monday: 8.30am-12:00 & 2.30-6pm
Around 1 hour or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The pottery room, the astrolabes
Even if the Batha Museum does not offer prayer facilities for Muslim visitors, the city of Fez is home to quite a number of mosques. The Kairaouine Mosque, located in Fez, is the second largest mosque in Morocco and is the city’s most popular mosque. Tourists can therefore ask to be guided to the mosque, or they might be able to find a secluded area in the garden of the museum to offer their prayers.
Visitors to the Batha Museum will be unable to find a café or restaurant within the museum’s premises. The area surrounding the attraction is however home to a number of dining establishments. All of these outlets are sure to be Halal. Muslim tourists can therefore dine at any of these restaurants without a worry.