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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  • A collection phenomenalle on the Marseillaise of the era history has our days! The transalpine has Pagnol!
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  • Archaeological and historical collections impressive, the origins of the city to the present day. Essential for understanding the city.
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  • The scenography of this museum is great. Digital is ubiquitous and very efficient. Congratulations to its designers. It's my favorite and much Museum in front of great museums in Paris.
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  • 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.
  • Great museum!! Underrated but definitely worth visiting!
  • If you have one museum to see in Marseilles, just visit this one. You won't regret it, and you will understand better France's oldest city.
  • Although the layout was strange at the start, you quickly fall in love with it. Chronologically set up, it is a very modern museum with impressive displays.