Musee Grobet-Labadie

Musee Grobet-Labadie, Marseille: Hours, Address, Musee Grobet-Labadie Reviews: 4/5

Musee Grobet-Labadie
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Ce bel hôtel particulier du XIXe siècle abrite les collections d'une famille de bourgeois marseillais, constituées sur deux générations. Sans enfant, Marie Grobet décide d'en faire don à la Ville de Marseille en 1919, et supervise tous les aménagements nécessaires à "son" musée. Peintures, sculptures, objets de curiosité, mobilier, faïences, tapisseries, instruments de musique,... témoignent des goûts éclectiques de cette époque, dans une atmosphère restée quasiment inchangée.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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694michellev
Marseille, France3,409 contributions
The history of a bourgeoise family
Mar 2020
I was being persuaded into visiting this family museum. That was a Sunday, at almost 17:30, a lady came out from this grand mansion and proffered a leaflet to me, whilst I was strolling along the boulevard Longchamp. I had just done with the fine art, and the natural history museum across the road, feeling exhausted but sensing the lady's enthusiasm, I reluctantly let her lead the way towards the museum.
To be honest, I have never heard of this museum, despite being a resident of Marseille for the past twelve years. As the closing time was approaching, one of the staff kindly advised me to climb up to the second floor, or the last floor, and enjoyed them from top to bottom, by walking down to the first floor, and finished on the ground floor. By doing that, it would allow me to make the most of it and to catch the time before they shut.
Perhaps I'd seen countless similar scenes, either in Versailles, or in Fontainebleau, or other French Chateaux, I was not overwhelmingly impressed. They were the usual antiques collection of an opulent family in the 19th century: including tapestry, musical instruments, paintings, antique furniture, earthenware, sculptures, silk ornaments and such.
What got me intrigued was the history of the family. Obviously, it had been an affluent one, and what made them so generous to donate the whole fortune away? The father Alexandre Labadié had relocated in Marseille from Languedoc, who was not only a merchant, but also involved in politic and eventually became the president of the Conseil Général, a government department whose function is to offer advice to any citizen of France, similar to the citizen advice bureau in Britain. He'd got only one daughter, Marie Labadié, whom Alexandre cultivated with his luxurious taste of art and the lavish habit of artefact collection. Marie had married twice, both produced no offspring. Therefore, her collections of more than seven thousands pieces had rendered her and her second husband Louis Grobet an selfless idea; that they would donate the collections after their death, to the city of Marseille and the Marseille people to enjoy, particularly the musical instruments, such as the harp, the violin, the cello, all were the beloved objects of the violinist and composer Louis Grobet. Sadly, after his sudden death of the Spanish flu in 1917, Marie had decided to transform their home into a museum immediately and it was opened to the public in 1925. Marie had lived for another nineteen years before passing away in 1944.
Written March 2, 2020
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dennisfr
Chicago, Illinois339 contributions
Do not go to this place in 2016
Apr 2016 • Couples
This museum sounded good, so the wife and I went this morning, arriving about 20 minutes after the scheduled opening time. It wasn't open, but there was a man on the other side of the gate. I asked if it would be open later, and he said not until 2017. I wish they'd mentioned that on the website.
Written April 22, 2016
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Mr_rossduncan
Adelaide, Australia711 contributions
A peek into the past.
Sep 2013 • Couples
If you have ever wandered around the older parts of some European cities and wondered what those big old houses looked like inside, then a visit to the Grobet-labadie museum is the place for you.
Set out over 4 or 5 floors its beautifully maintained in all it's 19th century glory.
Think lots of chintz and delicate furniture and you get the idea.
Just a few short tram stops or via the metro up from the port, it's well worth the trouble to see what the rich and famous were up to all those years ago.
Written September 16, 2013
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JacquesHMarseille
Marseille37 contributions
A old upper class house
You will feel how these people leaved in the 19th century. All the furniture and painting are there. There are concerts taking place here some time
Written March 10, 2012
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Michaela12G
Bucharest, Romania111 contributions
old bourgeois residence
Jan 2012 • Friends
small residence, in a beautiful location, the museum is a gem with paintings,tapestries, furniture of outstanding quality ,unfortunately there were very few explanations about the exhibits, practically no tags and the personnel of the museum did not have any clue about the various exhibits,so before the visit try to read and prepare yourself.
Written February 19, 2012
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Iceberg678
Banyoles, Spain107 contributions
Unpretencious nice little museum
Dec 2011 • Family
This is nice for a 20 minute visit. Just opposite the Longchamp park. For 3 Euros entry fee you can enter the unaltered house of a rich merchant from 100 - 150 years ago. See the things they bought to entertain them (no TV, etc.!). Great atmosphere and, for me, more enjoyable than most 'real' museums.
Written December 7, 2011
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joen.dk
Copenhagen, Denmark9,666 contributions
My home is my castle
A nice little gem with some very fine interiors, mainly
18th century and a 16th century room as well. There are many
beautiful tapestries and refined furniture, and it is all presented
as the caprice of a colectionneur with large financial means and an
advanced taste. There are three stories and you won´t get tired
while visiting it. A pleasant surprise in the (this is my personal opinion)
rather dull city of Marseille, and situated next to the eye-opening
and exuberant facade of the Longchamps Palace. In october 2005,
the entire district was marred by extensive reconstruction. The entrance
fee is modest.
Written October 8, 2005
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