Positioned overlooking the sea, on the J4 jetty, the building designed by Rudy Ricciotti forms the heart of the Mucem. This cube with its elegant concrete lacework forms a perfect square with sides of 72 metres. It is linked to the fort Saint-Jean by a footbridge suspended above the Mediterranean.
Mucem Fort Saint-Jean
Built in the 17th century under Louis XIV, the fort Saint-Jean offers an open-air vista of the history of Marseille. its hanging gardens and breath-taking views will tempt you to continue your stroll.
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Opening days and hours
Open every day except Tuesdays
Closed exceptionally on 1 May and 25 December.
In August, the Mucem is open every day.
Monday 7 November 2022 to Sunday 30 April 2023
From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
From Wednesday 3 May to Friday 7 July 2023
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8 July 2023 to Sunday, 3 September 2023
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Monday, 4 September to Sunday, 5 November 2023
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, 6 November to 31 December 2023
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Ticket offices close 45 minutes before Museum closing time.
Exhibition halls close 15 minutes before the Museum closes.
Closure of the J4-Fort Saint-Jean walkway 30 minutes before the Museum closes.
Access to the outdoor areas and gardens of the Mucem (J4 and Fort Saint_Jean): free for individual visits during the Museum's opening hours.
Permanent and temporary exhibitions
One ticket for all exhibitions.
(valid for a maximum of 5 children accompanied by 2 adults).
Adults unaccompanied minors will not be able to enter the rooms with a family ticket.
Tickets are valid for entry to all the exhibition areas of the J4 and the Fort Saint-Jean on the same day.
Single rate: €3.50 / free for people with disabilities.
Available in 5 languages (French, English, Spanish, German, Italian) at the ticket offices.
Rate applicable to individual or group visits.
The Mucem on the City of the City Pass
Entry to the Mucem is included in the Marseille City Pass (see link http://resa.marseille-tourisme.com/fr/voir-et-a-faire) and in the Marseille Provence City Pass.
Free cloakroom located on floor -1 of the J4: wheelchairs, walking sticks with seats, pushchairs and magnifying glasses are available.
Addresses and contacts
Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations
7 promenade Robert Laffont (esplanade of the J4)
Reservations and information
04 84 35 13 13
Reception - administration
+33 (0)4 84 35 13 00
Access for individual visits
Lower entrance of Fort Saint-Jean: 201 quai du Port (10 min from Vieux-Port metro station)
Entrance Panier: Saint-Laurent church square (parvis de l'église Saint-Laurent), esplanade de la Tourette
J4 entrance: 7 promenade Robert Laffont (esplanade of J4, 10 min walk from Joliette metro station)
Conservation and Resource Centre
1, Clovis Hugues
Reservations and information
+33 (0)4 84 35 14 23
Free access from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and by appointment from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.
Please bring identification with you during your visit to the CCR.
Open exceptionally on European Museum Night and European Heritage Days.
Bus: Line 49 (stop Belle de mai La Friche) and Line 52 (stop Archives municipales).
Metro: Lines 1 and 2 - stop Gare St Charles
Other access: Marseille Saint-Charles train station - St. Charles bus station
Tramway: T2 - Stop Longchamp
Getting to Mucem
Approximately 10 minutes on foot
Vieux-Port or Joliette Station
Approximately 10-15 minutes on foot :
Tram T2 - République/Dames or Joliette stop
Line 82 and 82s - stop Littoral Major or Fort Saint-Jean - night line 582
Line 60 - stop Littoral Major or Mucem Saint-Jean
Line 49 - stop Église Saint-Laurent, Littoral Major or Fort Saint-Jean
City Navette (City Shuttle)
By bike, scooter or on foot
You can rent electric bicycles and scooters near the Mucem. Download the corresponding application.
Bike terminals :
Quai du Port-Quai du Port station
Station Mucem-Esplanade du J4
Parking areas :
Quai de la Tourette
> Consult on https://levelo.ampmetropole.fr/
Several car parks in the vicinity of Mucem
The Indigo Vieux-Port Fort Saint-Jean car park can be accessed directly from the A55 motorway via the Tunnel de la Joliette or the Boulevard du Littoral.
Pedestrian exit at the J4 esplanade (GPS coordinates: (Lat. N/Long. E): 43.297167/5.361350).
30% discount if booked in advance
From Marseille Provence Airport
Express shuttle between the airport and Marseille St Charles train station.
Shuttles depart every 15 minutes from MP1 between platforms 3-4 and 1.
> Consult http://www.navettemarseilleaeroport.com/
From Saint-Charles station:
Direct Metro Vieux-Port or Joliette (lines 1 or 2).
Come as a group
2 possibilities of visit :
- Guided tour with a Mucem lecturer.
- Self-guided tour with your own guide or audio guide.
Time slot from 9 am to 11 am reserved for groups, except in July and August. From 11 am onwards, group times will be arranged according to availability.
Reservation required: firstname.lastname@example.org
+33 (0)4 84 35 35 13 13 (daily from 9 am to 6 pm)
Discovering the inescapable
The J4 building, between sky and sea
Facing the sea, this concrete cube represents one of the symbols of the new face of Marseille. Between technical prowess and aesthetic power, this architecture, linked to the Fort Saint-Jean by a large aerial walkway, offers spectacular views.
The Fort of San Juan, a historical monument
At the entrance to the Old Port of Marseille, this fort with the appearance of a village offers a multitude of discoveries: a historical tour between towers and ramparts, a botanical walk... A footbridge links it to the Panier district, thus ensuring continuity between the historic city centre and the museum.
Three restaurants, one Mediterranean cuisine
A charming restaurant, a tavern, a café... Gérald Passédat offers different spaces to satisfy all tastes. Open every day except Tuesdays and Sunday evenings.
The bookshops Maupetit Actes Sud
The bookshops invite you to continue your visit beyond the museum grounds. Every day except Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to closing time.
No bags or suitcases may be brought in.
A cloakroom is available to store authorised personal belongings.
Thank you for your understanding.
Flora from A to Z
Small collection booklet
29 June - 6 December 2020
This primer, which puts Mediterranean plants in the spotlight, also invites you to visit and rediscover the nearby Fort Saint-Jean Migration Garden, in full bloom! Don't miss this opportunity: say it with flowers!
29 June - 6 December 2020
From the tank top to the tracksuit, via the blue work jacket, the plaid skirt and espadrilles, the "Models' clothes" exhibition invites you to discover the history of five garments that have stood the test of time and fashion.
The Sound of the East
22 July - 4 January 2021
Based on the extraordinary wealth of the AMAR Foundation's collections, the exhibition "The Sound of the East" invites you to see - and hear! - the history of endangered Arab musical traditions and ways to preserve them.
4 November 2020 - 22 February 2021
The "Folklore" exhibition, conceived by the Centre Pompidou-Metz in collaboration with the Mucem, traces the relationship that artists have maintained with this cultural heritage. Thanks to the collections of the Mucem, heir to the Musée National des Arts et Traditions Populaires, the exhibition also highlights the creation of a discipline and offers unusual parallels.
The exhibition presents the history of the great port cities of the Mediterranean in the 16th and 17th centuries and compares it with the urban history of the megacities and metropolises of the 21st century.
"Ruralités" (Rurality) traces the foundations of agriculture and livestock farming in the Mediterranean. From the Neolithic period to the present day, from the invention of agriculture to the birth of the gods, the exhibition takes you on a 10,000-year odyssey to discover the people, cultures and techniques that have helped to shape the world today.
On Danse ? (Shall we dance?)
23 January - 20 May 2019
When you circulate within an immersive space where video plays a central role, experience dance, not as an act reserved for virtuosos, but as an activity shared by all. With Trisha Brown, William Forsythe, Jérôme Bel...
Instant tunisien – Les archives de la révolution (Tunisian Instant - The Archives of the Revolution)
20 March - 30 September 2019
The Tunisian revolution (December 2010 - January 2011) is an unprecedented revolution in many respects. In the age of digital communication, it inaugurated the combination of new technologies with the street and introduced a new type of mobilisation, new modes of political action and new artistic expressions.
The exhibition retraces the twenty-nine days of the Tunisian revolution from the spark of Sidi Bouzid to the fall of President Ben Ali.
Persona. Œuvres d’artistes roumains (Persona. Works by Romanian artists)
5 April - 23 June 2019
Based on the motif of the mask, the exhibition "Persona" proposes a new approach to the question of multiple identities. It combines contemporary art, folklore and popular arts to present the creations of eight Romanian artists from different generations.
Les Reliquaires de A à Z (The Reliquaries from A to Z)
10 April - 9 September 2019
A for "Agnus Dei", B for "Arm", C for "Monstrance", D for "Tooth"... The great themes related to Christian practices and belief are developed in twenty-six letters throughout the exhibition "The Reliquaries from A to Z": a mystical alphabet composed from the collections of the Mucem.
Jean Dubuffet, un barbare en Europe (Jean Dubuffet, a barbarian in Europe)
2 May - 2 September 2019
In this tribute to Jean Dubuffet, the MuCEM explores all the facets of an exuberant oeuvre. The inventor of "Crude Art", he defended a certain conception of art that questioned, in the 1950s, the dominant value systems instituted by culture, and the supposed inferiority of the so-called primitive arts.
Le temps de l’île (Island weather)
17 July - 18 November 2019
The exhibition contrasts maps of Europe and Oceania, robinsonadas, utopias of yesterday and today, artists' installations... to reinterpret the images that the island awakens and to better understand the role they play in today's imaginary and reality.
30 October 2019 - 18 February 2020
A journey through the work and personality of this great figure of French literature, far from the usual image of the Provençal writer.