The museum is established in an old sanctuary
devoted to the holy man, Sidi Zitouni. Built in
the local architectural style, surmounted by cupolas
covered with green glazed tiles, with carved stucco
and ceramic tiles facing the walls and paved with
ancient terracotta tiles, this “zawiya”
contains collections of craft objects for which
the island is famed, and that for centuries constituted
its main manufacturing wealth in textiles, jewellery,
pottery and woodwork.
The fine collection of Jerbian traditional costumes
as well as the collection of Jerbain Jewish and
Moslem jewellery is particularly noteworthy.
A potter’s workshop has been reconstructed
in an ancillary room with all its equipment: wheel,
tools etc. as well as a precious collection of
terracotta objects. In 2006 the premises are scheduled
for extensive refurbishment.