The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations

The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations

Opening 7 June 2013

Permanent collections, exhibitions, events, theatre, film, music and festivities
40 000m2 to discover Mediterranean civilisations
Almost 5000 m2 of exhibitions
  • Useful information
  • Address
    Two possible entrances: the J4 esplanade or the square in front of the Eglise Saint-Laurent
  • Opening hours
    Open every day except Tuesday
    May - October: 11am - 7pm
    November - April: 11am - 6pm
    Group visits: 9am - 11am
    Open late Thursdays until 10pm
  • How to get there
    Bus: Lines 82 and 60 or the City Navette, Fort Saint-Jean or MuCEM stops, Line 49, église Saint-Laurent stop
    Metro:Vieux-Port or Joliette stations
    Tramway: Line 2, République-Dames or Joliette stops.
    Parking: Vinci Vieux-Port/Fort Saint-Jean,
    Parking de la Culture
  • On the programme

The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée — MuCEM) is a groundbreaking project for the Mediterranean region of the 21st century. This national museum is located on a 30,000m2 site, which includes the Fort Saint-Jean, a historic monument overlooking the Vieux-Port dating back to the 12th century, and a new building designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti on the J4 esplanade. The two buildings are linked by a footbridge. The MuCEM is a cultural venue that focuses on all human sciences. It presents different forms of artistic expression from around the Mediterranean Basin.

The MuCEM seeks to show the Mediterranean as a starting point for creating a shared history, promoting dialogue between societies, increasing awareness of current phenomena, and creating a new public space. Nearly 5,000m2 has been set aside for exhibitions. On the ground floor of the new J4 building, a permanent exhibition explores the historical significance and diversity of Mediterranean civilisations. Temporary exhibitions (four per year) will be held on the next level and will deal with the societies, cities, places and people who shape the Mediterranean. The items on display will come from the MuCEM’s collections and some of the most renowned French and foreign museums. At the Fort Saint-Jean, visitors can view a magnificent collection of art and everyday objects displayed along a labyrinth-like art trail that exposes the mystery of this area and its peoples. Exhibitions on photography or relating to current Mediterranean affairs will also be on show here. There will also be debates, films, concerts, shows, Mediterranean cooking workshops and festive events.

The MuCEM boasts an auditorium, a cafe, a bookshop / gift shop, two restaurants run by chef Gérald Passédat, a garden where visitors have panoramic views of the city and sea, and a space dedicated to children. Part of its reserves will be accessible to the public at the Centre de Conservation et de Ressources (Conservation and Research Centre), designed by architect Corinne Vezzoni, located in the Belle de Mai neighbourhood.

Find out what’s on at the MuCEM here