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 15,000sqm of gracile mesh, smooth sensation of Ricciotti’s innovative concrete, the 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. I immediately dive into the history of the Mediterranean and its famous port cities.
The exhibition follows the footstep of the French historian Fernand Braudel crossing along with him the 16th and 17th centuries of the Mediterranean.
Here I am, back in time discovering the urban and contemporary development of many different port territories: Casablanca, Cairo, Istanbul, and Marseille megacities.
A break in the terraced gardens
It’s almost noon, the sun is high in the sky. When walking around the magnificent terrace of the museum, the view over the harbour is overwhelming. As I continue my walk outside, dancing points of light reflected by the architecture surround me. Benches outside are a welcome sight to sit in the shade of olive trees and enjoy the atmosphere of Provence.
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 offers 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 have it outside in the shade.
If I really want to enjoy myself for my next visit, I’ll treat myself to the chef Gérald Passedat’s cuisine at the restaurant ‘Le Môle, La Table’, which offers gastronomic ‘Bistrot chic’ cuisine on the Mucem rooftop, facing the magnificent bay.