Dive into Marseille rich past, that is to say 26 centuries of history, visit the Musée d’Histoire de la ville. It is probably the Marseillais museum with the best scenography and most complete collection. « Un coup de cœur » as we say in French…


Created in 1983, the Musée d’Histoire is fully dedicated to our city’s history. Renovated in 2003, it offers many films and interactive multimedia content to make the visit more exciting. It is surprisingly located inside a shopping centre, called the Centre Bourse, just near the Vieux-Port.


The museum is made of:

  • A permanent exhibition extending on 3 500 m² and some special exhibition spaces
  • A studio for schools
  • An auditorium of 200 seats

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Digital technology to seize history

It is more than a hundred screens that broadcast documentaries, scientific testimonies, interactive games, excavated wreck and more in 3D, so Marseille past and complex history can come to life.

When you enter the museum, you will see a wall’s part opening in high definition showing the evolution of the countryside and coast before Marseille, when the Cosquer cave was still out of water.

Large screens with augmented reality take you back in time to understand the archaeological site evolution.


Tips and anecdotes

With its 15 500 m², the Musée d’histoire de Marseille is one of the largest history museums of France and Europe.

The museum has also a very special garden, called « le Jardin des Vestiges ». Archaeological vestiges of Marseille Antic port are displayed in this garden, which is now monument historic classified. The original port of Marseille (where the Greek landed) was discovered during the Centre Bourse shopping centre construction in 1967. You can now visit it inside the museum.

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You can also visit the library specialised in Marseille, Provence and the Mediterranean basin histories: 16 000 monographic series, 140 periodicals and 600 documentaries or fiction films.


2 rue Henri-Barbusse, 13001 Marseille


Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm (except bank holidays)


Permanent exhibitions: full price 5€ / reduced price ticket 3€

Free access to permanent exhibitions every first Sunday of the month.


By bike

  • Station République / Coutellerie
  • By tube
  • Station Vieux-Port (Lige 1)
  • Station Noailles (Line 2)

By tram

  • Station Belsunce / Alcazar


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