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Dar Ben Abdallah
The Dar Ben Abdallah (Musee du Patrimoine Traditionnel), Tunis is one of the mervellous examples of the beautiful 17th century houses in Tunis. A palace turned to a museum, it is basically a folk museum displaying the heritage of ancient Tunis bearing the name of its former owner. It is a site of great tourist attractions in Tunis. It is located at Rue Sidi Kassem, a street in the Medina and a popular spot of sightseeing in Tunis.
It is an explicit joy to visit the museum, as it will seem to be a walk through the various facades of the medieval history of the Islamic world. A sojourn to this museum will no doubt leave a cherished memory in the mind of the travelers long after the Tunis tour.
The museum is divided into two parts, one is dedicated for the family life, comprising of the main events and rituals, while the second part is devoted towards the public life of the city, with the institutions, the mosques, the markets, the cafes and the souks (markets).
The various parts the museum has been classified as:
The entrance of the museum is covered with rich ceramic panels, stone benches covered with mats. There are two glass panels in the front of the main gate, one of them depicts the plan and the environment of “ Dar Ben Abdallah” and the other has a text describing the history of Tunis.
Room Of Childhood:
On the entrance door or the Qbo alcove, there is a painting of an embroidery teacher and two girls. In the right side there are three exhibits displaying the traditional costumes. There are also some dolls exhibited in the front part. There are also the costumes for the newborn and various traditional costumes. There are also exhibits of medicinal plants used by women.
Room of the 19th century:
This room displays the daily activities of the women in Tunis. There are also traditional costumes of women in display.
It is the room dedicated for wedding ceremonies in Tunisia, the jewellery, the clothings, the make up and toilet accessories of the bride.
Room de I'homme:
This room consists the various male costumes for various occassions. There are also the daily use objects, like the ink, pipe, snuff, canes, fans and many more. Kitchen:
The last part of the museum is assigned to the kitchen, which lies at the corner of the patio at the bottom right of the front door. It is basically an open air kitchen in form of a courtyard paved withground stone surrounded by two gates. The portico in front of the entrance constitutes the place for preparing meals. There are also the various potteries, utensils made of wood and copper on display here.
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