Mucem
Speciality & Gift ShopsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The MuCEM is a museum of 21st-century civilizations, principally concerned with comparing all aspects of the cultures of the Mediterranean, with Europe and the other continents that border the Mediterranean occupying a major place. It will offer a fresh look at the cultures of the Mediterranean.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Jonathan A
Macclesfield, UK16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We chose Mucem because it looked interesting and the situation close to the old port was ideal to see some of Marseille on a day trip. We started from the old port entrance to Fort St Jean which gets you straight into the best bits of the site. The layout is slightly confusing and the signage is quite poor but we managed to find our way around and got some fantastic views of the old port area and out to sea. Whichever way you go into the site, you will have to go through security which seemed a bit over the top - it’s not as bad as other reviewers have suggested but it’s not a great welcome. Apart from that, the staff were nice and friendly.
The actual museum parts of the site were really quite disappointing. Considering the space available, there really isn’t that much to it and most of what there is quite strange in terms of content and layout. There is quite a lot of English text but not quite enough to get the most out of the exhibits. Part of the museum scattered around the fort area which is just confusing. You only have to pay for the museum exhibits - you can wander round the site for free and just have to show your ticket at the entrance to the exhibit areas.
We would go again as the fort area is very nice but we wouldn’t bother paying for the museum.
Written April 28, 2024
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PaulHatton
Isle of Man, UK389 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We visited based on its description.
The walk up was long and steep, should have taken the lift.
The top was stunning, with great views.
The museum itself was disappointing, only one exhibition open of modern art. OK if you like it, but we're not keen.
Wouldn't bother visiting again.
Written April 28, 2024
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Art and Food Lover
428 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I had done lots of research and this museum on Mediterranean Cultures sounded both interesting and was written up as a "must see". As a retired professor of art history and cultural anthropology, it was high on my list. In reality it's a very strange place. It opened in 2013 with artifacts from the Ethnology Museum in Paris, which was getting ready to open a new facility. It seemed as if, rather than put the items in storage, they sent them to Marseilles as the basis of this museum. The most interesting of the numerous exhibits was the one on UNESCO's recognition of the importance and significance of the Mediterranean diet.
Great videos on how filo dough, couscous, pasta and bread are made by hand with interesting displays of the artifacts associated with their production around the Mediterranean.
I'm not convinced that there aren't better ways to spend your time in Marseilles. Your entrance also gives you admission to the fort of St Jean. If the weather is inclimate and you need a place indoors for a few hours, definitely visit
Written April 28, 2024
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Riya Dennis
London, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful fort and surroundings have a very Mediterranean feel, I loved the view of the sea from the top. The walk over the bridges was amazing, we got a bit confused about the museum exhibitions, there was a long wait, so we had to skip them, better to book in advance if you are keen for that kind of experience. Even if you don't want to see the exhibitions the area around the forrlt and walks are amazing a must see in Marseille.
Written March 31, 2024
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DystopianNomad
Marseille, France24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
The Dusty Nomad made a visit to this really beautiful place. The building in itself is a wondrous work of art and eccentric architecture. It is spectacular. Fact that it is a whole complex encompassing fort st jean makes it even more an amazing place to visit.
The exhibitions therein were informative, and entertaining at the same time. They have a small restaurant inside, a library, and quite a lot to see.
However, two very negative points; First, some of the security personnel are just over the top to the point of being aggressive. In this day and age physically searching a guests body is not only illegal, but unwarranted. Grabbing a guests handbag and opening it, then putting a hand inside and rummaging through personal affairs is downright disrespectful not only to the guest but also to the profession of being a security personnel, and the establishment in question.
Second, the restaurant that has a terrasse, on the third floor. We had a drink here and some snacks. While it is well placed, and beautiful, some of the employees are shockingly rude. One even insulted us in french and with a smile, unfortunately we fully understood what was said.

Other than those two remarks, the mucem is a lovely place and worth visiting.
Written October 3, 2023
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Flipyou4real
Thurles, Ireland47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This is a once in a lifetime experience, the mucem has some breath taking exhibits. My children were amazed by the astrology and dinosaur exhibits, jaw dropping!
Written August 1, 2023
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Salvatore
Naples, Italy99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
I spent just one day in Marseille so I didn't visit the museum but I visited the building. Gosh it was absolutely amazing, I think it's one of the most beautiful thing to do in Marseille.
If you are laky enough in a sunny day the experience will be unforgettable.
Honestly speaking, visiting this building wasn't on my list, now I can say that If I hadn't come I would have made a terrible mistake.
Written April 7, 2023
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Sherpes
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Great city, great view. Everyone told me to visit the Mucem. The outdoor area of the fort is free to tour. It just so happened that I was walking the Panier neighborhood and thus walked right to the entrance of the fort, on the elevated pedestrian walkway, only to find a sign that said CLOSED. Why? because it just so happened to be a TUESDAY. Yes, the museum is closed one day a week, on Tuesdays. I am guessing the national labor laws require a day of rest once a week for the museum staff. Fine with me, as from reading the posted reviews, I didn't miss much, and saved 11 Euros of entrance fee, which I spent on a fabulous dish of cous-cous nearby.
Written November 29, 2022
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Fred S
Pensacola, FL3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The people that work in the shops were very unfriendly and rude. The only helpful person we meet was at a little souvenir shop just outside the cruise terminal. She was very pleasant and helpful. She handmade most of the items at her shop.
Written November 21, 2022
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jordanellie41
Longridge, UK1,057 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I did not visit the museum but only went here to see Fort Saint-Jean. This place is fabulous to see in it's own right but it also gives you spectacular photos as it overlooks the harbour. It's free to enter and is full of cobbled walkways leading to many interesting features around the fort. There's a lot to see here and well worth the visit.
Written November 10, 2022
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