Marseille has no less than 21 museums covering every period of history from Antiquity to the present day, and from archaeology to motor bikes, Fine Arts and Marseille traditions.
These museums are in historic buildings, such as the Vieille Charité, a former 17th Century hospice and an architectural masterpiece by Pierre Puget. The site contains a number of collections, including the Egyptian Antiquities collection (the 2nd most important in France after the Louvre collection).
This is also the case for the Fine Arts Museum and the Natural History Museum in the Palais Longchamp, and the Porcelain Museum in a “bastide” in the middle of the Parc Borély.
MuCEM, Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean, opening in june 2013
Two guided tours explain the history of Fort Saint-Jean, for adults (historic visit) or as a family with children ("Fort Celebrations" activity tour). A multimedia guide is also available so you can visit this historic site in your own time, and explore its history and gardens.
Marseille also has a number of site museums, such as the History Museum and its “Jardin des Vestiges” on the Corne du Port Antique, and the Docks Museum on the site of the ancient warehouses.