Old American Legation Museum

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Old American Legation Museum Tangier Reviews

ulis ulis
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Visit the American Legation Museum Feb 19, 2017
The American Legation Museum is a small but quite interresting museum about the history of the American Legation and American artists living in Tangier.

In 1777 Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States, this building was a present from Sultan Mulai Suleman and from 1821 until 1961 the American Embassy for Morocco. Several times extended, last in 1920 and a museum since 1976.

Entrance fee is 20 Dirham, open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm, Sunday and Moroccan holidays closed.

It is located in Rue d'Amerique (old street name, on Open Map it is Zankrat Amreeka), easiest to find if you go Rue du Portugal up the hill and on the right side just before the Rue de la Plage at some steps (also a sign) through a small gate, left and 50 meter further is the entrance
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tj1777 tj1777
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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
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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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