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A government project supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean is the first national museum dedicated to the great civilisations of the Mediterranean for the XXI century. Located in Marseilles, it is managed by Bruno Suzzarelli and welcomes the public on 7 June.
Covering around 45 000 m2 and spread across three sites, the MuCEM is situated at the port entrance, on the J4 port pier and in the Fort Saint-Jean; two highly symbolic places for the current development of the city and its long-standing presence. The museum's collections are conserved at the Belle de Mai Centre for Conservation and Resources.
The MuCEM is a multidisciplinary place open to all where anthropology, history, archaeology, art history and contemporary art find common meeting ground. It presents a cultural, social but also scientific exploration of the plurality of the civilisations existing in the Mediterranean world from prehistoric times to the present day.
The MuCEM is also a real city of knowledge and exchange which tackles the world's current issues: as well as its major exhibitions, it offers public lectures, discussions, performing arts, cinema, documentaries, performances or even just pleasant strolls through the Mediterranean gardens of Fort Saint-Jean.
Floating between the sky and the sea, the MuCEM is a grand scale project for the Mediterranean due to its location. Looking out onto the sea, it maps out a horizon where the two banks of the Mediterranean meet.

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One museum, 3 sites

  • Le J4

The new building, built on the former J4 port pier by architect Rudy Ricciotti, associated with Roland Carta, lies at the heart ofthe MuCEM. The J4 (15 000 m2) will house two exhibition platforms: the first, the Gallery of the Mediterranean, will be dedicated to the discovery of the major stages of Mediterranean civilisations. The second platform will house two temporary exhibitions, Le Noir and Le Bleu (The Black and The Blue).  The J4 offers a special area for children, an auditorium for shows, concerts, cinema festivals, a library and a restaurant with a panoramic terrace.

  • Le Fort Saint-Jean

Restored Fort Saint-Jean (15 000 m2) is a historic monument which dates back to the 12th century. Linked to J4 by a high walkway above the sea, it allows visitors to enjoy spectacular panoramas which were previously unseen. The public is also invited to stroll around a new Mediterranean garden and to discover the wealth of art and popular tradition collections in the MuCEM, as well as contemporary Mediterranean design. Open air shows, a café and a bookshop can also be enjoyed. A second walkway leads to the Panier area from the Fort's Royal gate to Saint Laurent's church.

  • The Centre for Conservation and Resources (CCR)

A third site, in the Belle de Mai area, houses the Centre for Conservation and Resources (CCR - 14 000 m2), designed by architect Corinne Vezzonia, associated with André Jollivet. A site for conserving collections, the CCR also provides the opportunity to visit the behind-the-scenes area of the museum which includes several places open to the public: accessible reserves, a document viewing area and a temporary exhibition site.