"Matmata Museum: troglodyte dwelling scams" Matmata Tourist Trap Tip by thinknow101

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Around Matmata the thing to see are the troglodyte dwellings. The Sidi Driss Hotel is one made famous by the Star Wars movies. You can go there and still see some of the Star Wars elements built into the walls, but now painted a nice bright yellow so you can identify them. This isn't the scam, as you can freely wander in and take pictures.

Around town you will get local boys asking if you want a guide to show you a troglodyte dwelling. We decided we wanted to see a real family home, not a hotel, so we took one of the locals up on his offer. He led us to a home, with a sign indicating it was the Matmata Museum--it's located on the hill behind the Sidi Driss Hotel. We were greeted by a local woman to enter her home. Once inside there were photos and Tunisian artifacts, and a small sign in French indicating the fee is 5 dinars to tour the museum, which we missed. So after our tour of the home with its made-up rooms and dressed up mannequins, we met our own real-life Jabba the Hutt. She had her hand out demanding 5 dinars each. She thought we had short-changed her and kept muttering in French that we owed her more money. Our guide finally told her to count the money.

Unique Suggestions: Just be aware that you have to pay 5 dinar each to enter the "Matmata Museum" which is an outrageous sum of money. We paid 25 dinars for the five of us.

Fun Alternatives: Visit the Sidi Driss for free and take photos. Don't go to the museum. There are many families around Matmata that will open their homes to visitors--just have one of the local guide boys take you to one. You can tour the home and the family may even offer you mint tea, but for a more reasonable amount, five dinar for a few people should be sufficient. Your guide will probably be all right with a a similar amount or less for his work.

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  • Written Jun 25, 2008
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