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“Superb new museum combining the former citadel and a part of the port”
Review of Mucem

Mucem
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$32.84*
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Marseille City Pass
Ranked #9 of 261 things to do in Marseille
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed March 31, 2014

Very beautiful museum which is focused to exhibit props to illustrate the civilisation(s) around the Mediterrean Sea. The permant collection is changed every three years while two other temporary exhibitions are also shown to the public. We had the chance to see artifacts of the Roman empire in Morocco.
Note: the signalisation around and inside the museum are not very clear; be patient and you will find you way around. It is also very difficult to oversee all the possibilities to explore on the site although a map is distributed to every visitor.
I would also recommend visiting the museum over two days because there is too much to see.

Thank Kris S
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

A very interesting museum with lots to see and some great views of the city from it. Well worth going to. When I went they also had a small exhibition of a child's French Victorian period circus in one of the halls. The main exhibition area is well laid out.

Thank rayraynewby
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

Well I am not much into going on Museums but there are very many in Marseille to look at. I just decided to see this and it was ok.

Thank Jaana1968
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

The building is very modern and beautiful. I also thought the collection of the museum wouldn't interest me but I was wrong. A must visit.

Thank VitorFerreira93
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

The MuCEM opened in summer 2013 with considerable hype as a major attraction in the Cultural Capital of the year programme. Unfortunately when we visited it in late January 2014, all the special temporary exhibitions had finished, and there was really only the "Gallery of the Mediterranean" permanent exhibition to visit. This is at first sight a random collection of apparently unrelated objects strangely grouped into four sections: Agriculture, Jerusalem, Human Rights & Beyond the known World. After a first look round on our own which left us rather puzzled, we went on a guided tour; the guide did explain quite well the thinking behind the displays and how it all comes together. But the overall impression is one of disappointment & the feeling that it's all overdone.
It will probably be more worthwhile visiting later in the year, when new temporary exhibitions are scheduled to open.

However, after that rather negative view, I must add that the site itself is absolutely superb, and perfectly easy to visit. On a promontory overlooking the entrance to the Old Port, there is the attractively restored 14th - 16th century Fort St. Jean, linked by a footbridge to the amazing modern J4 building which houses the main part of the MuCEM. All round the fort are gardens which must be pleasant in warm weather. The whole site has been brilliantly developed.

Thank brian201016
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