MuCEM Museum, Marseille
Built on the historical site of the Saint-Jean Fort, Marseille’s latest cultural offering builds a bridge between the city and the sea.
By the entrance to Marseille’s Vieux Port (Old Port), the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) opened its doors in June 2013, whilst Marseille was European Capital of Culture. The intricate building designed by architect Rudy Riciotti is turned towards the open sea; a meeting point for both sides of the Mediterranean.
A story of firsts
This is the first time a museum has been entirely dedicated to Mediterranean culture, which has played such a major role in European – and indeed African - history.
The MuCEM also represents the first time a museum of such importance has been transferred from Paris to a big regional metropolis. Its collections - composed of nearly 1 million exhibits - have been entirely transferred from the Paris Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions to Marseille. The MuCEM provides a complete overview of the Mediterranean; its history, its civilisations and its heritage.
The museum, built in a former dock, forms the central part of the MuCEM.
- On the ground floor, a permanent exhibition retraces the main dates of the history of the Mediterranean region.
- On the first floor, two annual exhibitions are dedicated to civilisations, cities and the people who made the Mediterranean what it is.
- The vaults of the 12th century St. Jean Fort also house exhibitions.
- Visitors can also stroll in the gardens at the top of the St Jean Fort, for a stunning panoramic view of the city and out to sea.
MuCEM J4 / fort Saint-Jean
1 Esplanade du J4 13002 Marseille