A day at the Mucem

a museum in Marseille but not only

The Mucem may be looked as a symbolical bridge linking different Mediterranean cultures, but also literally, it is seen  as a central point from which  new circulations have been created between the Vieux-Port, the Panier and Joliette districts. Designed as an architectural journey, discover how amazing it is to enjoy a visit outside the museum just by walking around without going or being inside, the tour is worth it !

Published on 26 October 2020

Admire the modern architecture

Arriving in front of the Mucem I first take time to admire the former J4 Pier both facing the sea and closing the Old Port of Marseille. I do appreciate this modern, clear and unique style building in the city.

I start walking around the façades and feel all senses awaken : light spreading through 15000sqm of gracile mesh, smooth sensation of Ricciotti’s innovative concrete, rumoring atmosphere of passers-by and visitors, alternating sightseeings.

Discover Marseille and its civilizations

Entering the museum, my visit begins with « Connectivités », the permanent exhibition. It immediatly plunges me into the history of Mediterranean and its famous port cities.

The exhibition follows the footstep of French historian Fernand Braudel crossing along with him the sixteenth and seventeeth centuries of the Mediterranean.

Here I am, back in times discovering the urban and contemporary development of many different port territories : Casablanca, Cairo, Istanbul and Marseille megacities.

 

A break in the terraced gardens.

I’s almost noon, the sun is high in the sky. When walking around the magnificient terrace of the museum, view over the harbour is overhelming. While I’m proceeding my walk outside, dancing points of light reflected by the architecture surround me. Benches outside are welcomed to sit in the shade of olive trees and enjoy Provence atmosphere.

Where to eat at Mucem?

Meals on the go or in the Môle Passedat rooftop restaurant.

After finishing my tour, it’s now time for lunch. The Mucem proposes a large choice for everyone.

As I don’t have enough time for a gastronomic break offered by the various restaurants I decide to have a quick snack at the Mucem kiosk and taste it outside in the shade.

For my next visit, I’ll take time to sit down and enjoy « Le Môle Café » of famous Gerald Pasédat chef. These tasty and accessibles dishes can be appreciated indoors or out on the magnificient terrace. If I really want to enjoy myself, I’ll taste the chef’s cuisine Gérald Passedatat the restaurant “Le Môle, La Table”, that offers gastronomic cuisine “bistrot chic” on the  Mucem rooftop, facing the magnificent bay, muse of the Marseille chef.

Exhibitions, more exhibitions

Once my express lunch is over, it’s time to get back and see the other exhibitions.

Temporary exhibitions, events and displays are running all year round.

L’Orient Sonore, exposed until January 4, 2021, and in video format,  find myself in the middle of voices, instruments, music and movements that immersed me in arabic and oriental culture.

La Flore De A à Z, exposed at Fort Saint-Jean until January 11, 2021, deploys a floral primer in 26 letters, and honours the flora surrounding us. I continued this exhibition  going through the beautiful Fort Saint-Jean Migration garden .

 

End the day in the Panier district

Near the Mucem, the Panier district is one of the must-see districts of Marseille. To end the day styly, I decide to cross over the imposng foot bridge and get from the Fort St-Jean to the famous district of the Phocean City. Thus, I stroll through the narrow streets where I feel, for a short moment, far from the rest of the city.

 

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