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“What a view and great buildings old and new”
Review of Mucem

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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The MuCEM is a museum of 21st-century civilizations, principally concerned with comparing all aspects of the cultures of the Mediterranean, with Europe and the other continents that border the Mediterranean occupying a major place. It will offer a fresh look at the cultures of the Mediterranean.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
Sea Point, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“What a view and great buildings old and new”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

While visiting family in Marseille, we decided to give it a go to this new museum and we were not disappointed. The old fort that is renovated is amazing with loads of space where one can wonder around (for free), picnic and enjoy the sights. The museum entrance cost is decently price and there are different options of catering from sandwiches to high end meals. The different exhibitions were interesting and we found the information sufficient. The staff (some of them foreign students it would seem) are friendly and helpful in general, although we heard some foreign tourist being told off quite abruptly as they were not going in the correct entrance.
Our 9 year old son discovered the kid Odysée and had a lot of fun doing the tour with the tablet, however this should be looked into for several reasons: one it is difficult for kids to be running around finding clues while adults and groups of tourists are flocking the exhibit, two it is only valid in French so what about foreign speaking kids (?), three some of the games were already malfunctioning and lastly when the clues are all discovered and the kids return the tablet, there is no small reward or thank you or well done .... that is a disappointment; surely the museum can spare a few cents for a sticker or balloon as a souvenir for the children, and if they put their logo on it, it would also be free advertising for them. In any case great venues and amazing views.

Visited July 2014
Thank Murielle V
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Jackson, Mississippi
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“It's in the architecture”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

Exhibitions constantly change, so why speak of them? The permanent exhibits that give the museum its name are notable but may not appeal to all. Why go, then?

Go to see the elements of this seaport elaborately blended into the structure attached to Fort St. Jean. The Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM) was constructed by architects Rudy Ricciotti and Roland Carta as one of the major projects of the special year designating Marseille as the European Capital of Culture. I hope you enjoy the exhibits inside, but you should certainly take careful note of the buildings around you, too.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Enjoyed my visit”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

I recently visited the museum during a trip to Marseille. Entrance to the grounds only is free, museum is 8 euros. The museum staff recommend 2.5 hours for your visit, but if you don't speak French it really won't take you that long as not everything is labelled in English. For me the best bit was the temporary exhibition about carnival in Europe, it was fascinating and this is where I spent much of my visit. Besides this exhibition I didn't feel the permanent stuff was that great but it was a lovely building to visit and I'm glad I went.

Visited July 2014
Thank alyn8
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Paphos, Cyprus
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“Stunning building and experience”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

The building itself is a reason to go. A great addition to the cultural arsenal of Marseille. The exhibition is well set up and informative.

Visited July 2014
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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“A building of the future”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

The most fascinating feature of this museum is its building. I am not a huge fan of modern art but this building is a real masterpiece. It combines the modern with its design while encompassing the old as the museum is closely attached to one of the fortresses of Marseille. The gardens of MUCEM were really splendid - with a breath-taking view to the Vieux Port and the Cathedrale Notre Dame de la Majeure and with some lavender in the gardens popping up to greet the visitor.
The chairs outside the museum facing the water were extremely comfortable. We were "fighting" with other tourists to get the best ones.
The exhibitions in the museum were interesting but not that fascinating as the building. MUCEM could be further improved with better art artifacts, exhibitions, etc. However, the masks and costume exhibition was interesting to see.

Visited July 2014
Thank nellydi
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