The museum goal is to preserve some of Marrakech history by embracing a collection of ancient monuments. The building itself hosting the museum is dating back to the 19th century and was built by Mehdi Mnabhi, the Minister of Defense during the reign of Sultan Moulay Abdel Aziz (1894-1908), then became the property of his son-in-law, Tahami Al-Kalawi, the famous Pasha of Marrakech. In 1956 the palace is taken by the government of morocco.The museum, which is also a space to host exhibitions of contemporary Moroccan artists is sponsored by Omar Benjelloun foundation. In addition to paintings, the museum includes a number of ancient monuments, especially ceramics, dresses, daggers, swords and old ornaments.The museum is located inside the old city of Marrakech, next to the Almoravid dome, Ben Youssef School and Dar Bellarj. In order to get to the museum from Jemaa el-Fna square you must pass through narrow alleys.
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