The colonial institute of Marseille is the first colonial institute established in France. It was founded in 1893 under the leadership of Dr. Edward Heckel (1843-1916).
The Colonial Institute of Marseilles is a member of the French Ministry of the Colonies and the Marseille Chamber of Commerce ,  created six professorship on “Colonial education” and “funded missions for the benefit of its colonial Museum. The collections were used repeatedly for colonial exhibitions . They are from the colonies, from Madagascar, Indo-China and Guyana, among others, and are essentially of botanical nature. The collection is still on display at the University of Provence,  they are presented in their connections, which sometimes are several millennia old.
- Jump up^ French colonial economic directoryhttp://www.persee.fr/web/revues/home/prescript/article/geo_0003-4010_1932_num_41_234_10701
- Jump up^ University of Provencehttp://www.univ-provence.fr/public_html/univ-provence/index.php?pages=article&id=2795&idnum=2834&m=950