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The history of MuCEM

The history of MuCEM

2000/

December: announcement of the creation of the museum in Marseille by the French Minister of Culture and Communication, Catherine Tasca.

 

2002/

An office is set up in Marseille for organising exhibitions and building local partnerships.

 

2003/

A first preliminary...

J4

J4

Between city and sea, on the former J4 port pier, the 15,500 sqm building contains more than 3600 sqm of exhibition space, dedicated areas for children, an auditorium with 335 seats for the presentation of lectures, performances, concerts, film series, a bookstore, a brasserie and a restaurant boasting a panoramic terrace and a unique "behind the scenes" look at a facility of this type:...

Fort Saint-Jean

Fort Saint-Jean

At the entrance of the Port of Marseille, looming above the J4 pier, Fort Saint-Jean is now an exhibition space for permanent collections. It also hosts temporary exhibitions, while offering the visitor a stroll through a Mediterranean garden. Fort Saint-Jean represents a meeting point between the city and the museum, between history and its contemporary setting.

 

Fort Saint-...

The Centre for Conservation and Resources (CCR)

The Centre for Conservation and Resources (CCR)

The MuCEM also has a Centre for Conservation and Resources (CCR) located in the Belle de Mai area, near the Saint-Charles railway station. The 13,000 sqm building houses the collections held by the MuCEM, including more than 8000 sqm for reserves, for a total of almost 250,000 objects, 130,000 paintings, prints, and drawings, 450,000 photographs, almost 100,000 books and periodicals, as well...

The MuCEM concentrates its international initiatives at the intersection of the Mediterranean and European worlds. Its aim is to ensure a wide range of differing viewpoints and historical trajectories, and to be a Museum not of civilisation, but of civilisations, taking into account their strong singularities as well as their commonalities. By...
Marseille is a hugely symbolic choice for the installation of the museum. On the shore of a Mediterranean in which we must reinvest, first and foremost through education and culture, this great city – the second largest in France by population – remains the most emblematic of these multiple and permanent contacts between the two shores, and of...
Museum collections
Pour découvrir le projet du Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, cet ouvrage vous immergera dans le projet architectural ambitieux formé par le bâtiment du J4 conçu par Rudy Ricciotti et Roland Carta, le fort Saint-Jean restauré, le Centre de Conservation et de Ressources conçu par Corinne Vezzoni.   Le MuCEM constitue une...
Taking a multi-disciplinary and comparative approach, research at the MuCEM gathers together all the human and social sciences in order to:   − develop the most complete scientific knowledge of the events that affect society treated by the museum and the collections associated with them;   − set up and evaluate the presentation tools of the works...
The MuCEM, in partnership with the higher education institutions, offers training courses that combine the knowledge of the cultural contexts of Europe and the Mediterranean with the specific nature of the assignments and professional practices of the museum (documentation, collection, conservation, restoration, mediation...).   Within this...
Family-youth
Pour découvrir le Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée en famille et en s’amusant, Objectif MuCEM vous aidera à parcourir le J4 conçu par Rudy Ricciotti et Roland Carta, et à vous perdre dans le dédale du fort Saint-Jean et ses jardins. Au MuCEM, véritable cité culturelle installée au cœur de Marseille, vous pourrez voir...