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The Marseille History Museum is the local historical and archaeological museum of Marseille in France. It was opened in 1983, the first town historical museum in France, to display the major archaeological finds discovered when the site was excavated in 1967 for commercial redevelopment and the construction of the Centre de la Bourse shopping centre. The museum building, which is entered from within the centre, opens onto the "jardin des vestiges", a garden containing the stabilised archaeological remains of classical ramparts, port buildings, a necropolis and so on.Make Musee d'Histoire de Marseille a centerpiece of your Marseille vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Marseille day trip planning website .
The museum presently contains permanent displays exhibiting the history of Marseille up to the 18th century. Highlights include:
some of the finds from the site itself, including, most famously, the hull of a ship of the 2nd century ; the prehistory of the region round the later city, the Ligures and the Phocaeans, and the development through the Ancient Greek and Roman periods of the port of Massilia; early Christianity ; medieval potters' workshops and the first French manufactory of faience ; the redevelopment of the city under Louis XIV and the construction of the forts Saint-Jean and Saint-Nicolas
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Musée très intéressant sur l’histoire de Marseille depuis ses premiers habitants. Une plongée dans l’histoire en suivant la chronologie des événements. Des collections d’objets Uniques et exceptionnel... more »Very interesting museum on the history of Marseille since its first inhabitants. A dive into history by following the chronology of events. Collections of unique and exceptional objects such as the remains of boats. Our interlocutors were of a very high quality and very competent. Short and sufficient information for each period presented. And what comfort, we are far from the museums of Paris crowded with tourists. Very nice presentation and architecture with large windows to see the excavations. The most ... air conditioning under 34 degrees outside. Museum to discover urgently
Un très beau musée méconnu à Marseille. Des collections diverses et riches, des explications simples et accessibles. Des vidéos fréquemment proposées et bien faites! Bref on repasse plus de 2000 ans d... more »A beautiful little-known museum in Marseille. Diverse and rich collections, simple and accessible explanations. Frequently proposed and well-made videos! In short, we go back more than 2000 years of Marseille's history! To do (allow at least 2 hours by going fast)
The artifacts are well below the quality of most good museums. It's as if they acquired the leftovers that other museums with better funding passed on.
Considering that ships have been sailing to Marseille for almost 3,000 years, there’s a lot of history to this city. The museum does a good job taking you from very early history to modern times. There are headsets that translate the many videos to English.
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