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The ABC's of Marseille

The ABC's of Marseille

Reasons to Visit Marseille

M for Museums: 

When you go, plan to visit the museums in Marseille. There is something for every artistic taste and attention span with a range of curated artistic styles and artifacts. 

History buffs head to Fort Saint-Jean, Musée d’ Histoire de Marseille (one of the largest in Europe), the Musée des Docks Romains (Roman Docks Museum), and musée d’Archéologie méditerranéenne (located inside Vieille Charité). 

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Art lovers discover Musée des Beaux-Arts with a collection of 16th to 19th-century artwork. Located in Palais Longchamp, it is the oldest museum in Marseille opening to the public in 1801. This video gives you a short overview of the building and its contents.

Short on time? Head to Musée Regards de Provence (features Provencal artists) and Musee Cantini (modern art collection 1900 – 1960). Both small museums are located near the Vieux Port.

A for Architecture:

The award of Cultural Capital of the Year for 2013 was just the kind of shot-in-the-arm impetus that the city of Marseille required to change its gritty image. The reality is no municipality would disagree with a cash infusion equaling € 660 million. Although that figure is only a portion of the total amount of infrastructure funding, the result is several legacy projects such as the Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM).

MuCEM is a stunning architectural creation by Rudy Ricciotti in collaboration with Roland Carta changed the face of J4, an old ferry dock. The museum is a sparkling five-story glass cube implausibly enveloped by concrete latticework. The purpose-built concrete panels provide defused lighting and a windbreak while adding immense architectural interest to the structure.

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