Musée d’Histoire de Marseille


Musée d’Histoire de Marseille

With 3500 m2 of exhibition space, this is one of the biggest history museums in Europe.
  • Useful information
  • Address
    Square Belsunce, 13001 Marseille
  • Opening hours
    Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm; closed 1January, 1 May, 1 November and 25 & 26 December

Marseille is the oldest city in France, with more than 2 600 years of history. Paying tribute to this illustrious past, the Musée dʼHistoire opened its doors in September 2013.

A short walk from the Vieux Port, the new museum is on the same site as the old one at the Centre Bourse. It has been entirely renovated in order to provide a fresh look at Marseille’s legacy.

The museum’s archeological collection is juxtaposed with animated multi-media stations to provide a rich and varied account of the city’s history that is accessible to a wide range of visitors.

You will find such objects as:
- The largest collection of ancient boats in the world, restored and put on public display for the first time
- The 5th century church of Malaval, discovered during archaeological digs, which provides important information on Christianity in Western Europe and how oil was created
- The Grotte Cosquer, which is proof that people lived in Marseille well before the city was founded in 600 BC: thousands of paintings and etchings have been found in this underwater cave that date back 27 000 years!

What’s on at the Musée d’Histoire de Marseille