The first national museum devoted to Mediterranean civilisations for the 21st century, MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations) is a government project commissioned by the Ministry for Culture and Communication which opened in 2013. MuCEM is a destination for everyone where anthropology, history, archaeology, art history and modern art unite.

1 museum, 3 sites :

  • The J4, the former port’s pier, home to the new building by architect Rudy Ricciotti in association with Roland Carta, is the heart of MuCEM. The J4 has two exhibition halls (the Galerie de la Méditerranée and one for temporary exhibitions), a children’s area, lecture theatre, bookshop and restaurant run by 3 star Michelin chef Gérald Passédat.
  • A bridge links the renovated Fort Saint-Jean to the J4. The general public is welcome to wander around a new Mediterranean garden. Visitors can also enjoy open air shows, a café and bookshop. Another bridge links it to Panier from the fort’s Royal door to Eglise Saint-Laurent.
  • The CCR (Conservation and Resource Centre) in La Belle de Mai was designed by architect Corinne Vezzoni in association with André Jollivet and houses the MuCEM collections.

Villa Méditerranée

This waterside building is a real architectural feat whose spectacular cantilever structure grabs your attention. Villa Méditerranée was designed by Stefano Boeri and is devoted to the Mediterranean area’s different forms of expression.

Musée Regards de Provence

This new museum is in a former health centre built by Fernand Pouillon. It showcases collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs from the 17th century to the present day in the Regards de Provence private collection.

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