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Musee d'Histoire de Marseille

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Address: 2 Rue Henri Barbusse, 13001 Marseille, France
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+33 4 91 55 36 00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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History well presented and accessible

Not large, two hours is plenty. Interesting special exhibition on the sea was very well done, mostly also in English. The main section of the museum has much to do with Roman... read more

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South Wales
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South Wales
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91 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not large, two hours is plenty. Interesting special exhibition on the sea was very well done, mostly also in English. The main section of the museum has much to do with Roman times, ships, pottery etc...brilliantly done.

Thank Heraldic
Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Museum of the History of Marseille is located adjacent to the Vieux Port. This is a remarkable collection, obviously underpinned by highly sophisticated and competent research. For a casual visitor interested in Marseille and Mediterranean history, more than a couple of hours should be set aside; for the professional, the museum constitutes an invaluable resource on a daily basis. But... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

As the title suggests, this "modern" museum takes you from pre history up to 1950. Great dioramas, varied displays, excellent for the younger set. Ancient Roman ruins just outside.

Thank AstonV1213
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We visited this Museum during a long weekend in Marseille and were very impressed. We used the English headsets which provided a wealth of information. Marseille has so much history and there are dozens of artifacts in the Museum to enjoy. It was even free to enter if you have a valid student ID!

Thank bippielamb
Ludlow, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Another superbly curated museum with loads of interesting exhibits based on the archaelogical excavations and submarine finding about the early history of Marseille. The audioguide in English had various mysterious silences. There was a fabulous temporary exhibition entitled Mer which featured lots of underwater sequences and interesting interactive stuff for children. In the permanent exhibits there was a partially reconstructed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

A great story to tell does not necessarily make a great museum. Neither do computer-based displays, even when they work (a few actually did work). A great location, at the very point where it all began, just helps a little. Marseille, when the Greeks (the Phoceans, nowadays Turks, to be precise), went in and started to export the Greek culture... More 

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Reviewed 28 December 2016

Wonderful place to see plenty of history. They had ancient greek and roman boats from 500 BC. And plenty of old artifacts. Even though i know a ton about ancient history, the free headsets made the musee even better! Definatly a must see. Worth every penny.

Thank RyanInEugene
Paris, France
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157 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

a great museum, but you need time to absorb it all; good explanations for the displays, great model of the city; good visit for rainy days, also with adolescents

Thank profdrdipling
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

We visited on the first Sunday of the month when entry is free but having seen what's there I don't think I'd have minded paying the entrance fee. Lots of artifacts from the entire history of Marseille and you can wander around the excavated roman port remains. The current temporary exhibit on submarine finds is interesting as well.

Thank Helen W
Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

This is a comprehensive collection of exhibits from pre-history to modern day Marseille. The exhibits are of a high quality with lots of interactive screens while another part of the museum gives you access to the remains of the city

Thank JHReading

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