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Cinema Museum of Ouarzazate

The way you watch movies will undoubtedly change

Cinema Museum of Ouarzazate



Movie lovers will be delighted to visit actual sets from movies like "Gladiator." The Museum of Cinema of Ouarzazate welcomes movies' passionate.

Cinema Museum of Ouarzazate

The way you watch movies will undoubtedly change


The hero of the movie “Gladiator,” General Maximus Decimus (Russell Crowe), did not actually fight tigers in an arena. The scenes in the film were shot from scratch by the film crews using local materials, construction methods and then processed by computer. This is one of the things you will learn when you visit the Museum of Cinema in Ouarzazate.

Charlie Chaplin once said, “It is not what’s real that counts in a movie, but what the imagination can create out of it.” The museum gathers sets representing various scenes from movies shot in the middle of the city. Despite the fact that the buildings are entirely made of plaster, they appear to be real. As you move from room to room, you will feel like an actor.

The Museum’s theme is based on Lionel Steketee’s 2018 film Aladdin 2, in which we discover a pharaonic house. Other scenes are set in ancient Greece. Don’t forget to stop by the Village. It includes the Souk as well as a model of Joseph’s village (2003).

The exhibition hall tells the story of the seventh art in a chronological order. The majority of costumes and accessories were recovered during the filming of major productions in Ouarzazate from the silent era to the present day. They retell the history of cinema.

Old Italian studio

The Museum of Cinema, built on two hectares in 1982 by a group of Italian architects, is rich in cinema history. It was founded to produce movies about ancient history, including stories from the Bible. In 2017, it was inaugurated as the National Museum of Cinema in front of Taourirt Kasbah.

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Louis and Auguste Lumière, also known as the Lumière (light) brothers, were two French engineers and industrialists who made significant contributions to the history of cinema and photography. In 1897, a team led by Louis Lumière traveled to Morocco to film footage for the movie “Le Chevrier Marocain.” This simply confirms that Morocco, and especially Ouarzazate, has a long background in cinematography, having been the center of the seventh art since its inception.

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