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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  • Another superbly curated museum with loads of interesting exhibits based on the archaelogical excavations and submarine finding about the early history of Marseille. The audioguide in English had vari...  more »
  • Great Museum, very well built and organized, to discover the history of Marseille and the region.
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  • Nice and well maintained museum, however, was not all departments open. The signs are consistent in French and it's fun for me to practice on the language, but all the more difficult for all the tourists who do not have French as their mother tongue. There are audio guides in English.
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