Old American Legation Museum

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Old American Legation Museum Tangier Reviews

tj1777 tj1777
370 reviews
Oldest overseas US property Oct 22, 2013
You wouldn’t expect it - but right in the middle of a small town at the northern most part of Africa you’ll find a small piece of USA history. Right here you find the oldest American property located outside the USA itself and the only American National Heritage located outside the country itself.

The American Legation Museum is housed in the building which was given to the newly formed nation in North America by the then Sultan Moulay Suleyman. There is even a letter of thanks from George Washington for the building. The sultan obviously had hoped the support for the new nation would help secure Moroccan independence - but it wasn’t enough when the European powers finally sliced up the rest of African in the later part of the 19th century.

Today there is free entry to visit the building - so you can wonder one of the old buildings of the medina. It is quite a nice house so it is worth the visit. There are a few old artifacts about the historic relations of the USA and Morocco and some pieces of local art. In addition there is a room dedicated to Paul Bowles who actually lived in Tangier for quite a few years. The local bookshop is well stocked with different beat writers’ works - since many of them either lived for a while in Tangier or visited briefly.

Unfortunately there are a lot of restrictions on photography inside the museum but you are allowed to take pictures when you are outside on the terrace of the building.
Inside the American Legation
Letter from 1777
Former consul
Inside the building
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osgoodst osgoodst
115 reviews
Interesting Site to View United States History Jun 15, 2005
The Tangier American Legation Museum (TALM) is a significant piece of the United States early history and is a must see for people from the USA who are in tangier.

The building was the united states' first embassy marking Morocco as the first nation to recognize the independence of the USA. The building itself is also one of the few opportunities for outsiders to get a look at Tangiers many colonial homes. The building is filled with historical photos of US presidents, some important looking documents, lots of rugs, and a full fledged ballroom.

It is definitely a must see for architecture fans and for Americans traveling abroad
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