Marseille Museums

Marseille has a rich historical and cultural heritage and is home to a diverse selection of museums. Exhibitions range from Marseille's ancient history and seafaring past to contemporary art and sculpture.

Many of the top museums and galleries in Marseille are housed within beautiful, historic buildings, which has become important landmarks in their own right. Here are Marseille's main museums.

Musée d'Histoire Naturelle
- Palais Longchamp, 140 Boulevard Longchamp, 13004 Marseille, France, FR
Set up in the 19th century in the right wing of Palais Longchamp, Marseille's Natural History Museum houses an impressive and diverse collection of artefacts from the natural world.
Marseille museum open: Tuesday to Sunday, winter - 10:00 to 17:00; summer - 11:00 to 18:00; closed on public holidays
Marseille museum admission: charge

Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne - Centre Vieille Charité, 2 Rue de la Charité, 13002 Marseille, France, FR
Tel: +33 (0)491 14 58 80
Housed within the Centre de Vieille Charité, this museum boasts a number of outstanding artefacts, including some beautiful pottery and glass. The museum's Egyptian collection is particularly notable.
Marseille museum open: Tuesday to Sunday, October to March - 10:00 to 17:00; April to September - 11:00 to 18:00
Marseille museum admission: charge

Musée de la Marine et de l'Economie - Palais de la Bourse, 9 La Canebière, 13001 Marseille, France, FR
Tel: +33 (0)491 39 3333
This museum dedicated to the city's seafaring commercial past is fittingly housed within its impressive neoclassical Stock Exchange building. Paintings, engravings and models of ships depict Marseille's strong ties with the sea, including trade, life in port and its maritime history.
Marseille museum open: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00; closed public holidays
Marseille museum admission: charge

Musée de la Mode - 11 La Canebière, 13001 Marseille, France, FR
Tel: +33 (0)4 96 170 600
Dedicated to the glamorous world of French fashion, this museum looks at changing fashion trends and the famous fashion houses that have helped create them. Over 2,000 fashion-related exhibits are housed within the impressive Espace Mode Méditerranée.
Marseille museum open: Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 19:00
Marseille museum admission: charge

Musée du Santon - 47 Rue Neuve-Sainte-Catherine, 13007 Marseille, France, FR
Tel: +33 (0)491 54 2658
A private collection of nearly 1,000 exhibits illustrates the role that santons - or tiny, carved traditional figurines - have played in the history of Marseille and the Provençal region.
Marseille museum open: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00
Marseille museum admission: free

Musée du Vieux Marseille - Rue de la Prison, 13002 Marseille, France, FR
Tel: +33 (0)491 55 2868
The Musée du Vieux Marseille is a museum of local history and located within the Maison Diamantée, a rather fine 17th-century building in the old district. Exhibits within the museum help visitors to envisage for themselves daily life and traditions in the area from the 17th century onwards.
Marseille museum open: Tuesday to Saturday, winter - 10:00 to 17:00; summer - 11:00 to 18:00
Marseille museum admission: free

Musée des Docks Romains - Place Vivaux, 13002 Marseille, France, FR
Tel: +33 (0)491 91 2462
The remains of Marseille's ancient Roman port only came to light thanks to a chance discovery when the area was being redeveloped. On display today is a vast collection of evidence that Marseille was at the heart of ancient commercial activity, including examples of objects that were once traded. On display too is wreckage that has been raised from the harbour.
Marseille museum open: Tuesday to Sunday, winter - 10:00 to 17:00; summer - 11:00 to 18:00; closed public holidays
Marseille museum admission: charge
 
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