DiscoverA concentration of historyin the former Antique Port

A history museum of Marseille

The history museum of Marseille was founded in 1983. It displays unique and unseen collections, retracing 26 centuries of the city’s history through different everyday objects, pieces of ‘beaux-arts’ and archaeological remains.

An interactive museum

Located two steps away from the ‘Vieux-port’ (old port), where Marseille was founded by the Phoceans, the history museum houses- on around 3500sqm- the site of the antique port as well as a permanent exposition, but also a space for temporary expositions, a documentation centre and an auditorium.
To discover these 26 centuries of history, the museum put in place numerous multimedia tools to allow visitors to dive into the deep of the sea-front city’s history. An app was launched to discover certain location and monuments of the city as they were during the Antiquity and the Middle ages, thanks to your smartphone or tablet. The technology of augmented reality allows you to be completely immersed while enjoying accurate reconstruction and have access to numerous historical information.

Download on App Store 

Archaeological remains

You will be able to admire the biggest flotilla of ancient ships in the world. Furthermore, the ‘Malaval’ church dating back to the 5th century and discoveries during an archaeological search permitted us to better understand the start of Christianity in eastern Europe and to reconstruct the making of holy oil. The Cosquer cave testifies of human occupation in Marseille way before its founding in 600 before J.C. Thousands of paintings and engravings decorate that cave inhabited more than 27000 years ago.

Did you know ?

Closed for a few years, the history museum was entirely renovated in 2013, years during which Marseille was the capital of European culture. That same year, the Mucem (Museum of European civilisations and of the Mediterranean) saw the light of day.

Access to the garden of the remains

The garden of the remains houses archaeological remain of the antique port of marseille.

It was during work carried out in 1967 for the construction of a shopping centre in the heart of Marseille called “Centre Bourse”, that the remains were discovered. Numerous Greek fortifications, funerary enclosures as well as part of the ancient port were uncovered. This necessitated the classification of the site as a historical monument of about 10,000 m². The garden that can be visited today has been laid out in such a way as to highlight the various remains, the results of one of the most important post-war urban excavations carried out in France.
Practical information

Access to the garden of the remains

The garden of the remains houses archaeological remain of the antique port of Marseille.

It was during work carried out in 1967 for the construction of a shopping centre in the heart of Marseille called “Centre Bourse”, that the remains were discovered. Numerous Greek fortifications, funerary enclosures as well as part of the ancient port were uncovered. This necessitated the classification of the site as a historical monument of about 10,000 m². The garden that can be visited today has been laid out in such a way as to highlight the various remains, the results of one of the most important post-war urban excavations carried out in France.

Practical information

2 rue Henri Barbusse, 13001 Marseille 

Schedule 
From Tuesday to Sunday from 9h to 18h 
Weekly closing on Mondays, except Easter and Whitsun Mondays.

Closed on the following days: January 1, May 1, November 1 and 11 and December 25.
The ticket office closes 30 minutes before the museum does.

Prices 
Regular : 6 € / reduced rate: 3 €

The touch-screen tablets are no longer available, nor the audio guides, nor the documents for the children, because of Covid-19. 

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