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The Splendours of Volubilis

Ancient Bronzes from Morocco and the Mediterranean

The Splendours of Volubilis - Ancient Bronzes from Morocco and the Mediterranean


12 March to 25 August 2014 - Temporary exhibition

MuCEM - J4


General Commissioner: Myriame Morel-Deledalle

Scenography: Atelier Maciej Fiszer

Exhibition realised with the exceptional collaboration of the National Foundation of Museums of the Kingdom of Morocco, within the framework of a cultural cooperation agreement signed between Foundation and the MuCEM.



Trough the exceptional loan of the ancient bronze collection from Morocco discovered at the archaeological site of Volubilis, the MuCEM presents one of the key aspects of the ancient Mediterranean basin.



Fruit on an accord signed between the Kingdom of Morocco and the French government, the exhibition reflects the close collaboration between the National Foundation of Museums of Morocco and the MuCEM.


This collection of bronzes from the Rabat Archaeological Museum is among the most outstanding of the ancient Mediterranean world. Although discovered for the most part at Volubilis, they were not produced in this region of the Roman Empire. However, they attest to a mode or modes in vogue in the Mediterranean between the 2nd century B.C. and the 2nd century A.D.



Nonetheless, we do not know their production sites, which could have been located in Italy, in Greece, as in the Oriental Mediterranean- Turkey, Jordan- or fabrication workshops discovered to date. Beyond their intrinsic technical quality, the bronzes from Volubilis are marked by an aesthetic particularly representative of the models present in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean.



The ensemble of bronzes coming from Volubilis is staged facing works from other Mediterranean regions. Among

these, we have benefited from the precious collections from the Louvre, the Cabinet des Monnaies, Médailles et Antiques of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Musée de l’Ephèbe d’Agde and the Musée Départemental Arles Antique. They illustrate brilliantly the common language of the Mediterranean elites of Antiquity.



It is further testimony to this basin of civilisation which is the Mediterranean in the antique period: a vast open space where people have circulated since the first millennium B.C. from Tyr to Carthage, from Asia Minor to the Atlantic passing by the Black Sea, from Phocaea to Marseille, from Miletus to Olbia, from Thera to Cyrene…


Place: J4 | J4 - level 2

Type of audience:


Opening days and hours:

J4 | 12 March to 25 August 2014
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Practical Information



Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée

1, esplanade du J4

13002 Marseille


Information and booking

+33 (0)4 84 35 13 00



Individual visitors access

Fort Saint-Jean lower entrance: 201 quai du Port (10 min walk from the Vieux Port metro station)

Panier entrance: front of the Eglise Saint-Laurent, Esplanade de la Tourette

J4 entrance: 1 esplanade du J4 (10 min walk from the Joliette metro station)

Germaine Tillion auditorium entrance after the exhibition rooms have closed: outside access to J4


Access for visitors with disabilities or reduced mobility

The three MuCEM entrances are accessible to wheelchair users. However, at the Panier entrance, after the Saint Laurent footbridge, access to the fort will require someone to help for a dozen metres. You can enlist the help of a member of staff at the site entrance.

The museum's reception areas and ticket desks are accessible to people in wheelchairs and people wearing induction loops.

People with disabilities have priority access with no queuing for the reception desk and security checks.





Every day except Tuesdays from 11am to 7pm in the summer (May to October) and 11am to 6pm in the winter (November to April).

Late closing on Friday up to 10pm.





Buy your ticket


Access to the MuCEM's outdoor spaces and gardens (J4 and Fort Saint-Jean) for individuals is free of charge during the museum's opening hours.


  • Permanent and temporary exhibitions

MuCEM full price ticket €8

MuCEM concessions ticket €5

Family ticket €12  (valid for 2 adults and up to 5 children)

Tickets are valid for same day admission to all J4 and Fort Saint-Jean exhibition areas.

Access card for 4 exhibitions (cycle photo-vidéo) : €20 - valid from 7 June 2013 to 28 January 2014.

This entitles the visitor to 4 entries to the photography and video exhibitions at Fort Saint-Jean and buy one (MuCEM ticket) get one free on Fridays.


  • Permanent exhibitions only

Only available for sale during temporary international exhibitions: from 7 January to 24 March 2014.

MuCEM full price ticket €5

MuCEM concessions ticket €3

Family ticket €9


  • Guided tours

Full price €12 | concessions €9 | children (6-12 years) €5

MuCEM ticket included

Maximum number per visit: 25 people


  • Multimedia Guide

One-off rental cost: €2 / free for visitors with disabilities

Available in 5 languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian) at the ticket desk.

Price applicable for individuals and groups.


  • Cloakroom

A free and accessible cloakroom is located on level -1 of J4: loan of chairs, deck chairs, pushchairs and magnifying glasses.


  • Information and prices for groups

Booking required at least fifteen days in advance for guided tours and a week in advance for self-guided tours.

+33 (0)4 84 35 13 13 daily from 9am to 6pm



  • Adult groups

8 to 25 people (leaders included).

1 hour guided tour: full price €240 / concessions €200 (MuCEM ticket included).

1 and a 1/2 hour guided tour: full price €260 / concessions €220 (MuCEM ticket included).

Self-guided tour: €35 booking fee (ticket MuCEM not included).





Free admission for permanent and temporary exhibitions (Fort Saint Jean and J4), upon presentation of a valid form of proof:

- On the 1st Sunday of every month

- Welfare recipients and people on minimum state pension

- Jobseekers (proof less than 6 months old)

- Children under 18 years old

- People seriously wounded in the war, civilians and veterans with serious disabilities, disabled visitors with a carer (proof of disability)

- National and regional interpreters (guides and speakers)

- Journalists holding a valid press card

- Members of the ICOM, the ICOMOS and the IAIS

- Culture Cardholders and a companion

- Friends of the MuCEM





Reduced price for permanent and temporary exhibitions (Fort Saint Jean and J4), upon presentation of valid proof:

- Young people aged 18 to 25 inclusive

- Teachers holding a valid Pass Education card or working in higher education in France

- Senior citizens over 65 years old


Coming soon.

Visits and activities

Guided tour of the exhibition : Saturday at 3 p.m., every other week.


Duration 1 h • € 12 / € 9.


Friday 14 March 2014

Visit the temporary exhibitions


Splendeurs de Volubilis. Bronzes antiques du Maroc et de Méditerranée

€ 35

Published by Actes Sud / MuCEM, 2014

On sale at the MuCEM bookshop.


Dossier pédagogique de l'exposition Splendeurs de Volubilis

Du 12 mars au 25 août 2014, un dossier pédagogique autour de l'exposition vous est proposé :



  • Disponible sur demande à l'accueil du MuCEM à partir du 12 mars 2014

Guide multimedia de l'exposition Volubilis

Pendant toute la durée de l'expositon du 12 mars au 25 août 2014, un guide multimédia est à votre disposition en 3 langues :

  • français


  • anglais


  • espagnol


Disponible sur demande aux billetteries au tarif unique de 2 €.


Presse - exposition Splendeurs de Volubilis


Du 12 mars au 25 août 2014

MuCEM J4 – Niveau 2 – 400 m²


Commissaire générale : Myriame Morel

Scénographie : Atelier Maciej Fiszer

Exposition réalisée avec la collaboration exceptionnelle de la Fondation nationale des musées du Royaume du Maroc, dans le cadre d’une convention de coopération culturelle signée entre la Fondation et le MuCEM



Grâce au prêt exceptionnel d’une partie des trésors nationaux de la collection de bronzes antiques du Maroc découverts à Volubilis, le MuCEM présente l’un des aspects majeurs du bassin antique méditerranéen. Fruit d’une convention signée entre le royaume du Maroc et le gouvernement français, l’exposition témoigne d’une collaboration étroite entre la Fondation nationale des musées du Maroc et le MucEM.


Les collections de bronzes du musée de Rabat figurent parmi les plus exceptionnelles du monde antique méditerranéen. Bien que découverts, pour la plupart, à Volubilis, ils n’ont pas été produits dans cette région de l’Empire romain. Ils témoignent cependant d’une mode -ou de modes- en vogue dans l’Empire romain  entre le II è siècle avant J.-C. et le II è siècle après J.-C. Pour autant, nous ne connaissons pas leurs lieux de production, qui peuvent être localisés aussi bien en Italie, en Grèce, qu’en Méditerranée orientale - Turquie, Jordanie - où des ateliers  de fabrication ont été découverts à ce jour. Outre leur qualité technique intrinsèque, les bronzes de Volubilis se signalent par une esthétique particulièrement représentative des modèles en cours dans la Méditerranée gréco-romaine.


L’ensemble des bronzes en provenance de Volubilis est mis en espace en regard d’œuvres issues d’autres régions méditerranéennes. Parmi celles-ci, nous avons pu bénéficier des précieuses collections du Louvre, du cabinet des Monnaies, Médailles et Antiques de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, du musée de l’Ephèbe d’Agde et du musée départemental Arles antique. Elles illustrent magistralement le langage commun des élites méditerranéennes de l’Antiquité.


Il s’agit bien là d’un témoignage de ce bassin de civilisation qu’est la Méditerranée à l’époque antique : un vaste espace ouvert où les hommes circulent depuis le premier millénaire avant J.-C. de Tyr à Carthage, de l’Asie Mineure aux confins atlantiques en passant par la Mer Noire, de Phocée à Marseille, de Milet à Olbia, de Théra à Cyrène…


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