MuCEM in Marseille
Afloat between sea and sky by the entrance to the Old Port of Marseille, the Museum of the European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) opened its doors in June.
Turned towards the open sea, the intricate building designed by architect Rudy Riciotti is a meeting point for both sides of the Mediterranean. Never before had a museum been entirely dedicated to Mediterranean culture, which played such a major role in history. The MuCEM fills that void and it was inaugurated while Marseille was European Capital of Culture in 2013.
The MuCEM is the first museum of such importance to be transferred from Paris to a big regional metropolis. Its collections, composed of nearly a million exhibits, will be entirely transferred to Marseille from the Paris Museum of Arts and Popular traditions. The MuCEM will provide a complete overview of the Mediterranean, its history, civilisations and heritage.
The museum, built on an old dock, is the central part of the MuCEM. On the ground floor, a permanent exhibition retraces the main dates of the history of the Mediterranean region. On the first floor, two annual exhibitions are dedicated to civilisations, cities and men who made the Mediterranean what it is. The vaults of the 12th century Fort St. Jean also house exhibitions.
Visitors can also stroll on a garden set at the top of Fort St. Jean, from which the panoramic view is simply stunning.