Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, 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 building a little impersonal but that hides a beautiful Museum, well-designed and well designed which allows to better understand the city of Marseille from its creation to the 21st century. Free audio guides to hear the explanations given by historians for each Department.
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  • Very good surprise for this Museum in the heart of downtown Exchange that does not dream. The airy design of the Museum is a success. It feels very good. I went there at least 6 times. I brought children who themselves are not bothered. It is very rich. You can go from one period to another crossing times, going back, choosing periods that interest us. It takes time a lot of time to see it all. I advise to go there several times. There are video testimonials on WWII super interesting and scary tables relating the plague to Marseille! It's a great Museum (and more really cheap).
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  • A nice discovery in the history of Marseille which allows you to discover the city 26 centuries. the explanations are detailed, the site is bright, the view of the garden of the remains is very nice. Museography style is not to my liking but it does not take advantage of his visit. It is an opportunity to discover the rich history of the city.
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