The overwhelming Berber population of Marrakech makes for a city whose culture is strongly influence by that of Arab and Islamic cultures.

The Museum of Dar si Said on Raid Zitoun Jdid Street is a palace from the 19th century that serves as a good example of traditional Moroccan architecture. Inside, the museum displays artifacts from the private collections of former sultans and viziers. The Tiskiwine Museum, located between the Dar Si Said and El Bahia, exhibits clothing, jewelry and artisan crafts from the different regions of Morocco. The Museum of Marrakech features oriental and contemporary art along with displays of old jewels, coins and books.

There is not much in the way of organized theatre, dance or opera in the city, as performances are usually spontaneous or informal, but this does not mean that music is not a very large part of the city’s culture. The Jemaa el Fna Square is, in fact, dedicated to festivals (such as the National Festival of Popular Arts in June or early July, dedicated to North African music) and artistic performances. In the evenings, the square really comes alive with musicians playing mandolins, drums, guitars, and many other instruments. It is evident from these performances that Morocco sits at the crossroads of many historically influential civilizations; the music is usually a blend of Spanish, Arab, Berber and African styles.