MuCEM Marseille

The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) is probably the most remarkable building initiated on the occasion of Marseille Provence 2013.


This 21st-century museum opened its doors for the first time in June 2013, taking the place of the National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions that was closed in 2005 in Paris.


It is located at the entrance of the Old Port and is in possession of approximately one million objects and works devoted to the cultures of the Mediterranean. The great size of the buiding allows it to offer many activities such as major exhibitions, concerts and screenings. A simple walk around the Fort Saint Jean can also be very nice. Visitors can enjoy a 3 700-sq.-meter exhibition space, dedicated spaces for children, a library, a restaurant, a panoramic terrace and even a 400-seat auditorium! It will satisfy a wide public! 

Its architecture is also amazing. Built according to the plans of Rudy Ricciotti in association with Roland Carta, the MuCEM offers the visitors a view on the sea, on the fort or on the port. The concrete used for the construction is at the forefront of the latest scientific research. The facade lets the light, the air and the odour of iodine through. Finally, the new building is a perfect 72-sq.-metre square within which is located another 52-sq.-metre one.


40 000 sq. metres are dedicated to the Mediterranean cultures. Three sites and three atmospheres will welcome you to explore the cultures of the Mediterranean.


  • J4: 15 000 m²

The new museum, built on the old harbour breakwater J4, is in the heart of the MuCEM.

A 1600 sq.-metre area is located on the 1st floor and hosts a permanent exhibition showing the main stages of the history of the Mediterranean civilisations.

The 1500-sq.-metre second floor is dedicated to temporary exhibitions. It will host two major exhibitions per year that will focus on the Mediterranean societies and a 500-sq.-metre area that will host two seasonal exhibitions the theme of which will be the people, cities and iconic places of the Mediterranean basin.


Discover the fest-and-show-themed exhibition galleries and have a stroll in a Mediterranean garden suspended over the heights of the Fort.


  • The Centre for Conservation and Resources: 10 000 m²

In the district of the "Belle de Mai", this innovative centre is open to the public and aims at preserving the collections.


During your stay, we would be happy to welcome you at the New Hotel Vieux Port located a few minutes away from the MuCEM.


Practical Information:

MuCEM - Marseille 
1 Esplanade du J4
13002 Marseille

Phone: +33 4 84 35 13 13

For more information visit the MuCEM website.