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Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology

Museum, Sciences and technology, Archeological, Musée de France in Marseille 2ème

  • Museum offers a wide range of the Art of Mediterranean countries. A full departement is devoted to Egypt.

  • This collection is the most important in France after that of the Louvre. The Mediterranean Basin and Near East department has a very rich ceramic and lapidary collection, some of which are unique. One example is the Cretan oenochoe, decorated with the marine fauna of the Mediterranean.

    The richness of the collections
    
Currently located on the second floor of the former hospice of La Charité, the Mediterranean Archaeology Museum presents collections mostly acquired during the 19th...
    This collection is the most important in France after that of the Louvre. The Mediterranean Basin and Near East department has a very rich ceramic and lapidary collection, some of which are unique. One example is the Cretan oenochoe, decorated with the marine fauna of the Mediterranean.

    The richness of the collections
    
Currently located on the second floor of the former hospice of La Charité, the Mediterranean Archaeology Museum presents collections mostly acquired during the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century. Representing the eastern and central civilizations of the Mediterranean, they come from private collections, some of which have been assembled since the 18th century, from archaeological excavations and chance discoveries. By acquiring them from collectors and their heirs, or from art dealers, the museum does not become a simple collector.
    By making these collections public, it gives them meaning, on a scientific and cultural level. This is an opportunity to recall the history of a museum with more than 150 years of experience, which is now responsible for presenting its collections of antiques.

    The department "Near East, Mediterranean Basin" of the Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology embellishes and enriches to offer the public from June 15, 2018 a new museography. A sociological and geo-thematic course will now offer visitors a better understanding of ancient civilizations by discovering what they have brought us and what they have left us ... From the birth of the city to the first alphabets, from the invention of glass to the technique of Greek ceramics, from the omnipresent polychromy on all ancient works to the most elaborate techniques of casting ... All these inventions, still used today, will be detailed and illustrated by a collection of 400 pieces. This new department, innovative in its discourse, will make the link between ancient and immediate history.
    Some rooms may be closed. Please contact the museum before visiting.
    Surface of the permanent exhibition : 800
    Surface of the temporary exhibition : 1500

    Due to a temporary technical failure, the museum's elevator is currently out of order. The Museums of Marseille apologize for the inconvenience and will do everything possible to welcome you in the best conditions.
    Accessible for disabled
  • Environment

    • Close to a public transportation
    • Subway station < 500 m
  • Spoken languages

Services
  • Activities

    • Temporary exhibition
    • Archeological digs
    • History
    • Creative hobbies
  • Equipment

    • Book shop
    • Parking
  • Services

    • Shop
    • Wi-fi
    • Guided tours
    • Dining area
Rates

Payment methods

  • Bank/credit card
  • Cash
  • Rates

    Free access for the permanent collections.
    Free access to temporary exhibitions on the first day of the exhibition, the other days are not free.
Openings
  • All year
  • Monday
    Closed
    -
  • Tuesday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Weekly closure 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 closes. Closed from Tuesday, September 28 to Thursday, October 7 due to the dismantling of the exhibition "Surrealism in American Art". * On demand
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