Marseille History Museum, Marseille

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The Marseille History Museum is the local historical and archaeological museum of Marseille in France. It was opened in 1983, the first town historical museum in France, to display the major archaeological finds discovered when the site was excavated in 1967 for commercial redevelopment and the construction of the Centre de la Bourse shopping centre. The museum building, which is entered from within the centre, opens onto the "jardin des vestiges", a garden containing the stabilised archaeological remains of classical ramparts, port buildings, a necropolis and so on.The museum presently contains permanent displays exhibiting the history of Marseille up to the 18th century. Highlights include: some of the finds from the site itself, including, most famously, the hull of a ship of the 2nd century ; the prehistory of the region round the later city, the Ligures and the Phocaeans, and the development through the Ancient Greek and Roman periods of the port of Massilia; early Christianity ; medieval potters' workshops and the first French manufactory of faience ; the redevelopment of the city under Louis XIV and the construction of the forts Saint-Jean and Saint-Nicolas
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  • You want to discover the 2600 years of history of Marseille, this is where to go. You will also understand how this site almost does not exist because of urbanization... Rooms balanced, exciting videos... Stay you a few hours before you know it!
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  • by visiting marselle it in certaim exceed visit muceum and past on the famous bridge to get a Citadel of st John
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  • A great organization electronically makes it enjoyable and informative visit. To each location of exhibits is a pillar where the headphone jack can be connected that does get to the visitor, in his own language, all the information. The system is really functional. The staff in considerable numbers are efficient and very helpful. Visit not to be missed.
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  • Huge Museum with a great and collectiom from ancient times until now. The objects are presented in a fine way and accompanied by historical maps and explanations. Most is also in English, some even in Italian and German. And in the garden there are the ruins of the old Greek and Roman port, gate,....
  • Friendly and helpful staff; information and audio in English. Well worth the visit - the history around death practices over the ages was particularly compelling.
  • Everything is in French so make sure you take a translator if you don't understand French.
  • It's great to visit with children. Touch screens keep the kids interested. The exhibits are impressive
  • Chronogically set up, a very modern museum with exceptional displays from the oldest city in France. If you have one museum to see in Marseille, it is this one.

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The Old Port is near the water, seafood restaurants, and the not-to-be-missed museums. Hotels with sea views come with a price tag to match, though. For more affordable accommodations and local character, check out hostels and rental apartments in the Panier district. The Canebière neighborhood is in the heart of the action. For a more nature-oriented locale, a hotel near Garde Hill offers the nearby botanical gardens.
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