Gabes is a large oasis town with
a several thousand year-old history, located at
the crossroads of the main routes linking the
north of the country to the depth of the Sahara
and a true gateway to the Berber hinterland in
the austere heights of the Matmata Mountains.
All these features make it a meeting place of
multiple and varied human richness, a richness
that is eloquently expressed in its ethnographic
The Gabes museum occupies the premises of a
historical monument, a school dating to the Muradite
period at the end of the XVIIth century. It consists
of a proper complex with a wing devoted to religious
teaching, a mosque and a residence for students.
The complex is harmonious, both sober and elegant
at the same time. Close by is another historical
monument: the zawiya – mausoleum of the
patron saint of the town, Sidi Boulebaba al-Ansari,
who came from Arabia with the first wave of Moslem
As for the content of the museum, it reflects
life in the oasis through four main themes:
Domestic crafts, weddings, food and agriculture.
The museum also contains a few archaeological
pieces: capitals, stone inscriptions, funerary