Come to the museum : English version

The Museum of History of Marseille

Reopened in 2013, the Museum of History of Marseille has been constructed around the Bourse archaeological site, close to the Vieux-Port, to create a link beetween it and the city. This modern museum, combining art and technology, uses multimedia systems to immerse in the living history of Marseille, the oldest city of France. The visit takes place in 12 sections : starting from the Cosquer Cave and ending with the Marseille of today and tomorrow. It includes objects, films, testimonies of the protagonists and 3D reconstructions.

The History Museum of Marseille is spread over 3 levels: Antiquity and Middle Ages (Garden Level), Modern Age (Level 1), Contemporary (Lower ground floor). It is divided into 12 chronological sections, explained by a focus point situated at the beginning of each. The visit starts with the section 0. Here, the movie " Marseille before Marseille ", in the projection room at your right, is free entrance, as the all sequence 0 is. For the young public, the 12 stops called " les Escales de l'histoire" (green boxes) along the visit tour, propose an educational game. A free system of mobile listening and a tour diary are available to visitors in French, English and Italian.

Download the tour diary

Download the visitor's guidebook

 

Open from Tuesday to Sunday

10.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m - From mid-May to mid-September 10.00 a.m. to 19.00 p.m.

Except : 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11 November, 25th and 26th December. Closed on Monday (except Easter Monday and Whit Monday)

Getting here

2 Rue Henri Barbusse, 13001 Marseille

Telephone : 0033 (0) 4 91 55 36 00

musee-histoire@marseille.fr

 

Secondary sites :

  • The museum of Roman Docks

It is an archaeological museum which is dedicated to the commercial history of Marseille between the 6th century B.C. and the 4th century A.C. and its role as a port of transit in the Mediterranean sea. A set of 32 ceramic jugs called « dolia » is located in the middle of the museum.

  • Open from Tuesday to Sunday

10.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m - From mid-May to mid-September 10.00 a.m. to 19.00 p.m.

Except : 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 25th and 26th December. Closed on Monday (except Easter Monday and Whit Monday)

Getting here

28, place Vivaux, 13002 Marseille

Telephone : 0033 (0) 4 91 55 36 00

musee-histoire@marseille.fr

 

 

  • The Memorial of the Marseillaise

In this street, at number 11, the so-called War song for the Rhine Army, written by Rouget de Lisle on 25th April 1792 in Strasbourg, has been sung in Marseille for the first time.

In this street, at number 25, the Society of Friends of the Constitution had their meetings in the former ‘Jeu de Paume’ (a French ancestor of the tennis) court.

You will take part on a unique visit staged to be dynamic, fun and educational, wich tell you of the story of one of the most prestigious symbols of the French Republic : La Marseillaise.

Free audioguides are available to visitors in French (only teeneger version) English, Italian, German. Ask to the reception of the museum.

 

  • Open on Tuesday and Friday

10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.: schools

10.30 a.m. and 3 p.m. : visitors

Get a ticket in the reception of the History Museum of Marseille. The staff will guide you to the Memorial of the Marseillaise.

Getting here

23-25, rue Thubaneau, 13001 Marseille

Telephone : 0033 (0) 4 91 55 36 00

musee-histoire@marseille.fr