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“Don't go to Marseille without seeing it” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ranked #7 of 218 things to do in Marseille
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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.
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London, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Don't go to Marseille without seeing it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2014

This new modern Museum on the seashore at the entrance to the Vieille Port is stunning architecturally. I'm not so sure about the excellence of the temporary exhibitions now on (April 2014) but the setting and the incorporation of the historic buildings which rise above the new building make it one of Marseille's premier attractions. Included in the complex are beds of Mediterranean plants, a first class restaurant and excellent explanations of all parts of the site.

Visited April 2014
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Tourves, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

Go for a visit, great architure,this is more than a museum, it a total experience. Spend a full day there,a combination of intersting culture,great food and nice place to rest and drink

Visited April 2014
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Marseille, France
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“A must see in Marseille”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Inaugurated in 2013 when Marseille was elected European Capital for Culture, it offers a manificient view on Old Port, Basilique Notre Dame and the sea !!

Visited September 2013
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49 reviews
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“Wow! Wonderful addition to Marseille”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Outstanding "statement" architecture dominating the newly cleaned up port side just on the north end of the Vieux Port. MuCEM rivals the Pompidou centre in Paris for gravitas and fun combined. Loved the way you could step outside the exhibition halls onto a walkway that runs all around the building on each level, overlooking the sea…stunning views. The ground floor permanent exhibition is given over to the history and culture of the Méditerranée - four spaces each with a different theme, the shore, religion, citizenship etc. You will need to pay attention , otherwise it could seem like wandering through a boot market and spotting lots of interesting but apparently unconnected exhibits ..here a guillotine, there a giant map of Venice, an art installation dedicated to Aids victims. Limited explanation in English possibly doesn't help.The temporary exhibitions might offer more obvious attraction - currently includes one dedicated to the European tradition of Carnival - a must for fans of garish costumes and weird headware. The adjoining ( via a great overhead walkway) Fort Saint -Jean has more exhibition space and stylishly landscaped outdoor spaces with great views, terrific spot for just relaxing with a book. The cafés on the top of the J4 ( main building) and at the Fort both look inviting , the former offering platters of oysters at lunchtime. Bravo Marseille! - great experience. €8 entrance fee, money well spent.

Visited April 2014
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“A definite "must see"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014

Even if you don't have time to spend inside the museum halls (around €10 to get in), yuo kust stop-bye the strikingly stylish architecture and spaces of this museum, and walk over the fortification walls, inside which the musem is located. The views are truly breath-taking, open air botanic gardens placed all around are very neat.
There is also a non-stop, free movie display right pass the gang bridge (at the entry point of the castle), giving good glimpse of Marseille's history in several languages (subtitiled).

Visited March 2014
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