Located in the impressive building of le Palais Longchamp overlooking the park parc , the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle (Natural history Museum) and the Musée des Beaux-Arts attract many people.
The Musée des Beaux-Arts was launched in 1802 while the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle was created in 1819. Their location changed many times and they finally ended up in the Palais Longchamp in 1869. Each of them took one of the edifice’s aisles, but the Musée des Beaux-Arts waited until 1873 to be reopened.
There are four rooms in the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle:
- La salle Safari – stuffed animals
- La salle de Provence – flora and fauna of our area
- La salle d’ostéologie – skeletons and skulls
- La salle de préhistoire – evolution
As for the Musée des Beaux-Arts, it is divided into two floors: the ground floor offers the oldest paintings (from the 16th to the 17th Century), the first floor, paintings from the 18th to the 19th Century.
Tips and anecdotes
La salle de Provence walls in the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle are decorated with frescos painted by Raphaël Ponson and historic monument classified.
On the Musée des Beaux-Arts ground floor, a room is dedicated to Pierre Puget, the most important Marseillais artist of the Baroque era.
Boulevard du Jardin Zoologique, 13004 Marseille
Right Aisle for the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle / Left Aisle for the Musée des Beaux-Arts
Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm (except bank holidays)
Ticket valid for both museums: full price 9€ / reduced price ticket 6€
Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle :
- Permanent exhibitions: full price 5€ / reduced price ticket 3€
- Permanent + special exhibitions: full price t8€ / reduced price ticket 5€
Musée des Beaux-Arts : full price 5€ / reduced price ticket 3€
Free access to permanent exhibitions (of the two museums) every first Sunday of the month.
HOW TO GET THERE?
- Station Flammarion Montrichet
- Station Cinq Avenues Longchamp (line 1)
- Station Longchamp