Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée
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Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée information
The icon of modern Marseille, this stunning museum explores the history, culture and civilisation of the Mediterranean region through anthropological exhibits, rotating art exhibitions and film. The collection sits in a bold, contemporary building, J4, designed by Algerian-born, Marseille-educated architect Rudi Ricciotti. It is linked by a vertigo-inducing footbridge to the 13th-century Fort St-Jean , from which there are stupendous views of the Vieux Port and the Mediterranean. The fort grounds and their gardens are free to explore.
The main focus of the museum is a semi-permanent exhibition ranging across the history, genealogy and culture of the Mediterranean, taking in everything from archaeological artefacts to oil paintings. It’s supplemented by temporary exhibitions that vary widely in theme: recent highlights were investigations of Jean Genet and Picasso to an interesting history of French involvement in Algeria.
The history of the fort itself is explained in the Salle du Corps de Garde (guardhouse room). For a unique perspective, walk the path that twists its way between the glass wall of the J4 building and its outer lace shell.