Marseille - City of Culture
This is the guide in English for all things about Marseille.
Museums in Marseille
This is a list of some of the museums you can find in Marseille - art galleries are listed on a separate page
Unless otherwise stated, the museums listed have the same opening hours and tariffs: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm from 1 October to 31 May and 11am to 6pm from 1 June to 30 September, closed on public holidays (which is a bit sad). Permanent exhibitions 3€, temporary exhibitions 5€.
Musée de l'Histoire de Marseille (closed until 2013)
During the renovations works to the museum in the Centre Bourse, some of the exhibits can be seen at the Musée d'Archeologie Mediterranéene (see below). You can still see the jardin des vestiges (the ancient port area) from the back of the shopping centre, just behind where rue de la République meets the Vieux Port.
MUCEM (opening June 2013)
This is a project in development in front of the Fort Saint Jean due for completion in June 2013, the Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean will be housed in a grand building designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti. There are occasional exhibitions on the site in the run up to the opening. You can admire the outside of the building and the area around it now. Details of events will be given on the News page.
Housed in what was the home of one of Marseille's bourgeousie, this is a collection of paintings and objects that reflects the taste of 19th century. The museum still has the character of a hotel particulier (a large private house) of the time, with all of the furniture and artefacts. It's a little treasure at 140 Boulevard Longchamp, metro line 1 Longchamp Cinq Avenues, or tram line 1 stop Longchamp.
In the Vieille Charité, 2 rue de la Charité (nearest metro stop Line 2 Joliette). A collection of art and artefacts from around the Mediterranean, including Egypt (the second largest collection in France, after the Louvre), Greece, Cyprus and the near east.
Musée des Arts Africains, Océaniens et Amerindiens - MAAOA
Also in the Vieille Charité, this is three collections for the price of one, made up of private collections, donations and acquisitions from the three continents.
Mémorial des Camps de la Mort (now closed for works until around June 2013)
This Memorial to the death camps is next to the Fort Saint Jean, Quai Louis Brauquier, nearest metro stop Line 1 Vieux Port. Entry is free. On the first floor there is a permanent exhibition of photographs and commentary (in French) of a part of Marseille's history that many would prefer to forget. In January 1943 the Panier area of Marseille was raided and destroyed; the inhabitants, Jews and others, were transferred to death camps.
Musée de la Faïence
A museum dedicated to ceramics, porcelain and glass. It is located in a 19th century mansion in the Parc Pastré which has easy(ish) access to the calanques and is worth a visit just for that. It has a collection of over 1500 pieces from the 18, 19 and 20th centuries, including some 1950s ceramics and glass. Bus 19 to Parc Pastré. The plan is to transfer the collection to the Parc Borély, which is closer to the centre of Marseille, in June 2013.