As every city Marseille has its national or classic museums. But more interesting are the quirky and secret museums of the blue city… places where you will learn about Marseille history and emblems like « la Pétanque », « le pastis » (local drink) or « le savon de Marseille » (Marseille soap). Discover Made in Marseille guide, where we tell you all about our city.
La Maison de la Boule
This museum dedicated to the Pétanque and « le jeu provençal » only opened in April 2015! La Maison de la Boule is a very small museum for now, but it will develop along the years fo sure.
For example, you can discover the balls ancestors, which were made of stone. New players or regulars, test your ability on the little « boulodrome » (Pétanque playground) inside.
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-7pm, 4 place des 13 Cantons, 13002 Marseille
You don’t get to know a Marseillais unless you share a glass of Pastis with him ! Pastis is still produced in our city, and to discover how it’s made visit the Cristal Liminana factory, one of the last inside Marseille.
The factory is located in the « anciennes faïenceries de Saint Jean du désert » (old potery works site) and produces the bottles of Un Marseillais, « l’anisette » Cristal Anis and other alcools.
Visit a typical soap factory
There are still a few old savonneries (soaps factories) in Marseille where Marseille soap is produced. La Savonnerie du Fer à Cheval, created in 1856, is one of last to keep this important marseillaise tradition. « Les maîtres savonniers » or masters of soap make true savon de Marseille according to an ancestral method : the soap dough is carefully controlled, the bubbles, the smells, the sounds, every detail has a meaning and they are the only ones to understand it.
Visit the soap factory for an hour and discover this famous old craft that lies on the shoulders of the « maîtres savonniers » and goes through generation and generation of masters.
The Museum of Cristmas crib fugure Marcel Carbonnel
This little marseillais museum offers a deep insight into the santons world. There are more than 2000 santons, typical small figures of Provence, coming from all over Europe and belonging to Marcel Carbonnel’s (famous santons artisan or « santonnier »)private collection. During his life, the artisan travelled to Europe and brought back some original creations, santons made of terra cotta, sculpted wood, corn, cork, paper, polychromatic santons… A must-see if you’re interested in this art.
Free visit or 2€ for a guided tour. guidée : 2€. Open between January and November from Tuesday to Saturday 10am-12.30am and 2pm-6.30pm. Same hours in December but from Monday to Saturday.
49 rue Neuve Sainte Catherine, 13007 Marseille
The Museum of local products
Le Musée du Terroir Marseillais is second ethnographic museum of les Bouches-du-Rhône after le Museon Arlaten of Arles. It was founded in 1928 in the small district of Château-Gombert (13ème arrondissement).
It shows and explains in nine different rooms the lifestyle in Provence in the 18th and 19th Centuries, amongst peasants Bourgeoisie and the peasants world. You can discover the set up of a Provençal kitchen during Christmas time, the table with its 13 desserts, or a bourgeoise bedroom…etc.
The museum is managed by an association l’AOSRCG whose mission is to preserve and pass down this popular heritage.live streaming film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 2017
Le Mémorial de la Marseillaise
As its names tells, this site is dedicated to the national hymn. Located in Belsunce quarter, the building used to be a theatre and the headquarters of « le Club des Jacobins » (the most famous political group of the French Revolution), it is now a museum since 2011. It is from this location that the Fédérés marseillais left for the Palais des Tuileries in Paris in 1792, striking up the song of l’Armée du Rhin (Rhin’s army) which became later La Marseillaise. The museum offers a tour-performance (« parcours-spectacle ») set up with a mix of multimedia and theatre decors, a real time travel.
Free entrance if you have already bought a ticket at Marseille History Museum.
Fees (ticket coupled with le Musée d’Histoire de Marseille and le Musée des Docks romains) : 5€ / reduced fees : 3€. Open Tuesday and Friday, 10am to 3pm.
23-25 rue Thubaneau, 13001 Marseille
Launched in 1989, the MotorBike Museum tells the motorcycle story, from its origin in 1885 to nowadays. For all motorcycle lovers, the museum offers an insight into one century of evolution in motorcycling, organised in chronological order in four levels. There are more than 250 motorcycles on the site and most of them are unique in the world. An exceptional collection that must be seen.
Fees: 2,80€ (from 13 years old) / reduced fees : 1,80€. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm (closed on the 1st of January, 1st of May, 1st of November and the 25th of December and from the 29th of December to January the 2nd). 18 traverse Saint-Paul – Quartier du Merlan, 13013 Marseille
Le Cabinet des Monnaies et Médailles
This museum located next to the city’s archives is a quite unusual. In the Cabinet des Monnaies et des Médailles (money and medals cabinet) impressive collections of moneys are kept. Their quality and rarity make the museum heritage one of the most important of France. Indeed this « cabinet numismatique » was created during the French revolution and shows Antic, medieval, royal collections coming from gifts or acquisitions.
Free entrance. Open Tuesday to Friday, 9am-5.10pm
rue Clovis-Hugues, 13003 Marseille