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The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM; Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée) is a national museum in Marseille, France. It was inaugurated in 2013, the same year Marseille was designated as the ‘European Capital of Culture,’ and is dedicated to showcasing the multifaceted history of the Mediterranean and its different landscapes, cities, and shores.

The museum is built on reclaimed land at the entrance to Marseille’s harbour. Its exhibits are devoted to European and Mediterranean civilizations in the Mediterranean basin, taking an interdisciplinary approach to presenting the different societies who have called this area home throughout the ages and in modern times. It is the first museum in the world to focus entirely on the cultures of the Mediterranean, and it includes all the social sciences: anthropology, political science, sociology, history, archaeology, and art history. In addition to MuCEM’s permanent collections, there are also rotating temporary exhibitions and seminars, feature films and documentaries, and performances focusing on the Mediterranean’s current affairs.

Practical Info

MuCEM is easily accessible by public transit or by car. By metro (and a 10-minute walk), you can take Line 1 (station Vieux-Port) or Line 2 (Station Joliette). By tramway (and a 10- to 15-minute walk), take tram T2 (stop: République/Dames or Joliette). Bus lines to the MuCEM: Lines 82/82s, 60, and 49. There is a 24-hour paid parking lot at Vieux-Port/Fort Saint-Jean, and Mobi Métropole offers a door-to-door transport service for people with disabilities.
Location
Address: 7, Promenade Robert Laffont (Esplanade du J4), Marseille 13213, France
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Hours: Every day except Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. in summer and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in winter. Open Fridays in the summer until 10 p.m.
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Admission: 8 €; Family ticket 12 € (valid for 2 adults and up to 5 children)
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MUCEM and Fort Saint Jean Skip the Line Ticket

There’s no need to queue up with a skip-the-line ticket to Mucem in Marseille. Known as the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée), the national museum features both permanent and temporary exhibits on history and society. Admission gives you access to both sites: the architectural J4 building and the historic monument of Fort Saint-Jean.
  • Duration: 1 to 3 hrs
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Marseille City Pass

Build your own custom (and cost-efficient!) tour of Marseille’s best cultural attractions with the Marseille City Pass!  With your single-day or multi-day pass, visit museums, castles, basilicas and more! With unlimited access to Marseille’s metro transport system and free entry to more than a dozen attractions in and around town, the all-inclusive Marseille City Pass offers something for every visitor.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Colorbus Marseille Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Cruise the history-filled streets of Marseille during this fun and informative bus ride. If a sight catches your eye, then hop down and explore—you'll have unlimited opportunities to hop back on. Perfect for first-time visitors, the tour covers 14 different stops, from the Old Port to the castle that inspired The Count of Monte Cristo. Learn about each attraction with an onboard audio guide, available in 8 different languages.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 days
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Cassis and Marseille Small-Group Tour from Aix-en-Provence

Combine a visit to the scenic fishing village of Cassis with the bustling port city of Marseille on this full-day small-group tour from Aix-en-Provence. Cruise around the UNESCO-listed coastline of Cassis, past the dramatic calanques, then look out over the bay from the Cape Canaille, Europe’s highest sea cliff. After lunch (own expense), head to Marseille to take in highlights like Le Panier, Saint Victor Abbey, Notre Dame de la Garde basilica and Fort Saint-Jean.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Historical Center Walking Tour of Marseille

Follow Marseille’s journey from ancient Greek port town to 2013 European Capital of Culture on this 3-hour walking tour of Marseille’s historic center. Marvel at its medieval ruins; explore the atmospheric neighborhood of Le Panier; stroll around the Old Port; and admire landmarks such as Fort St Jean, the MUCEM, and the Cathédrale de la Major.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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