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“A Must!!!!”

Memorial De La Marseillaise
Ranked #94 of 226 things to do in Marseille
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A Must!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2012

I was in Marseille for the weekend and had no plans!! I read a short description from a flyer i found in my hostel and though i might just give it a look-in as i have a fond interest in history!! As museums go it does not exactly stick out you have to go looking for it... but it is worth the visit if you have the time. The museum takes you on a journey through history surrounding the song "marche de la marseillaise" or more commonly known as the French National Anthem. it uses great visuals to project the story and had me entertained from beginning to end and the staff are very friendly and helpful

Visited October 2012
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Lindfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Informative and excellently executed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2012

We loved the animation and the use of sound. The whole presentation in the three rooms is imaginative and fascinating. Not the usual dry old recital of facts and static history.

Visited August 2012
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Milan, Italy
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“Overpriced and biased”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

This memorial to France's catchy National Anthem is located on a narrow street that has a metal sign over it describing it as "Rue Des Arts". Tellingly, the only thing that distinguishes it from other streets in the immigrant ghetto it is located in is that it boasts three, (allbeit closed) art galleries...
The entry price is 7EUR and you get a small map to guide you through what turns out to be three rooms;

In room #1 you can hear modified versions of the Marseillias sung by various people ranging from a punk band to children singing for aorld peace etc. All the modern versions beside the one sung by De Gaulle are composed with new lyrics to promote contemporary EU agenda - including an "ante clérical" remake!
Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is not even a single modern recording of this beautiful anthem - for that you have to watch a football game in your hotel...

Room #2 is a little more interesting in terms of giving information on the Revolutionary period and Marseille's part in it.

Room #3 is a total waste of time and seems like it was made for kindergarten children. The main motif is that 517 Marseille citizens marched to Paris to protect the Bastille from monarchist forces - big deal!

The entire experience from beginning to end last for half hour so I think a French delicacy is better value for your money and you spare yourself the indoctrination.

Visited April 2012
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Frédéric F, Gérant at Memorial De La Marseillaise, responded to this review, 26 July 2012
Thanks for expressing your opinion. However, I have to say that you do not have to wait for a football game in order to listen to La Marseillaise in tis original and official version - at least three of them are recent recordings (between 2005 and 2010) of the anthem, including the Berlioz version interpreted by Roberto Alagna with the London Symphony Orchestra. For 220 years, people have rewritten and modified La Marseillaise and that is why we also wanted a place for these different versions.
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Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia
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“cultural enjoyment of Marseille”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2011

This fantastic memorial opened in March 2011. It collected all about La Marseillaise. Amazing video installation surround you from all sides, stunning sound creates the whole atmosphere. Everything is very modern and unique! A girl who loves the museum met us and it complements impression of the museum. Really it's an incredible place in Marseille!

Visited November 2011
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Frédéric F, Gérant at Memorial De La Marseillaise, responded to this review, 26 July 2012
Thanks very much for the enthusiasm. As you may know, next year is going to be Marseille Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture and plenty of new museums (including MUCEM, CEREM, Regards de Provence..) and renewed museums (such as the history museum, the museum of Fine Arts of Palais Longchamp) will open. We will be happy to welcome you again in Marseille!
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