Marseille History Museum, Marseille

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History Museum Museum
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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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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  • Marseille is one of my favorite places in France. My father has a house in France therefore I am coming to France since I was a kid but I had been always going to North of France or Paris. But with my...  more »
  • The history museum of Marseille is deceptively large and attached to a mall. You would never know from the outside that there is so much to see. The exhibits are arranged by date so you effectively tr...  more »
  • Not large, two hours is plenty. Interesting special exhibition on the sea was very well done, mostly also in English. The main section of the museum has much to do with Roman times, ships, pottery etc...  more »
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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.
  • The museum cost 5€ and is well worth it. There are audio tour devices in English and I would grab them for the museum. The museum is full of the history of the city from ancient to present and you will learn something new in each exhibit. The only drawback we saw is that the layout is slightly confusing but it is not bad enough to deter a recommendation.