Dar Cheraït museum
The Dar Cherait Museum in Tozeur is a Tunisian museum located just a few hundred meters from the city’s palm grove, at the doorstep of the Sahara. It is the first private museum in Tunisia and was founded in 1990 by Abderrazak Cheraït, the mayor of Tozeur, who initiated several cultural projects to enhance Tunisia’s heritage.
The Dar Cheraït Tozeur was built following the model of a bourgeois palace. Within the palace’s rooms, scenes of Tunisian life in the 19th century are reconstructed: the Bey’s room (of the notables), life in the kitchen, an authentic reconstruction of a hammam, the master of the Quranic school, and some wedding scenes.
The museum also houses a room with a collection of traditional jewelry and pottery, as well as a room with contemporary paintings paying tribute to the poet Abou el Kacem Chebbi.
This museum brings together three independent spaces that have little in common apart from three different approaches to Tunisian civilization. If you only wish to visit a part of the whole, take a stroll through the beautiful Museum of Arts and Traditions. Children will appreciate the Medina of One Thousand and One Nights. A mixture of culture (or so-called) and entertainment.
Dar Cheraït also hosts collections of traditional jewelry and pottery. The glass room is filled with lamps, vases, and other mouth-blown glass pieces. The contemporary paintings gallery may not appeal to everyone.
In the evening, you can attend a sound and light show about the most famous stories of the Orient: One Thousand and One Nights, Aladdin, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves… (approximately 45 minutes). For some, it’s entertaining; for others, it’s disappointing, and the reviews upon exiting are mixed.
Opening hours and prices
Opening hours: 8:00 AM to midnight
During the month of Ramadan: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM to midnight