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Mucem, Marseille
(3.9/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web)
Enrich your understanding of European and Mediterranean civilizations at Mucem, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to recounting society throughout the ages. The museum brings together all the disciplines of the social sciences, including anthropology, political science, sociology, history, archaeology, and art history, to examine the foundation of the Mediterranean's rich and diverse past. Displays take a comparative approach when depicting the influencing religions and bordering countries that played a major role in the development of the Mediterranean. A marvel in itself, the building that houses the museum is the work of architect Rudy Ricciotti--deliberately and openly facing the sea. Stop for a bite to eat at the restaurant on the top floor; it has a spectacular terrace with panoramic views of the bay. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Marseille holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Mucem and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Unique place combining the historic buildings of the fort and the buildings modern and well done. Between the old port and the area of the basket, it is at least rather than a walk on the sea. For those who want more, a restaurant managed by Gerald Passedat, many exhibitions, gardens... not to be missed
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  • This is an amazing piece of architecture, and an interesting museum too. they have videos playing, but the language is French. free entry for students below 26. they have a piece of the Berlin wall to...  more »
  • Frankly super with this exceptional design! The Museum Café-In was very interesting! This place a pretty remarkable on the Mediterranean!
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  • You have to go there if you go to Marseille! The permanent exposition is very interesting and the temporary ones are always amazing ! And well made. The architecture of the building is beautiful and impressive. The best way is to start at the Mucem and the walk the bridge to the Fort next to it and then keep walking to the old port.
  • Well worth a visit if you're in Marseille - reconstructed fort was really cool, and exhibits were interesting. Discount available for under 25s (free if you don't want to go in the special exhibits).
  • The museum is worth visiting if just for its terrace overlooking the sea. God place for a coffee or some drinks. We went when there were very interesting expositions about Jean Genet and another of Picasso's work.
  • Interesting take on history and art. Excellent views of Marseille.
  • Stunning architecture and location. If you want to cross the footbridge from the fort and walk along the walkways around the outside of the museum (in between the concrete lace shell and the interior), entrance is free - enter from the Vieux Port fort entrance or the museum itself, then go to the third floor of the museum by lift if entering that way. Nice terrace at the top of the museum before you cross the passerelle.