Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A visit to the MuCem, Marseille

The opening of the MuCem, the first ever museum in the world dedicated to Mediterranean cultures, is with no doubt the highlight of the "Marseille-Provence 2013 - European Capital of Culture" celebrations. Beside housing permanent and temporary exhibits, the impressive structure of Marseille's new museum offers stunning views and endless photo opportunities:

MuCem - Marseille
Set on the J4 waterfront esplanade, the new Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations is connected to the Fort Saint-Jean by a footbridge. The museum is close to several Marseille's tourist attractions such as the Vieux Port (Old Port), Le Panier district and La Major Cathedral.
Mucem Concrete Lace Structure
The MuCem is housed in a massive square building facing the Mediterranean sea.
Designed by French architect Rudy Ricciotti, this 40,000 m² structure is partly covered by a concrete lace.
MuCem - Light, Shadow & Reflections
The MuCem's filigree lace creates light and shadow effects.
Mucem Rooftop Terrace
The MuCem's rooftop terrace is a great place to relax and have a drink while enjoying views of Marseille and the church of Notre-Dame de la Garde. From the terrace, you can walk to the Fort Saint-Jean, which hosts some of the MuCem exhibitions and is linked to Le Panier district by another footbridge.
Pictures of the MuCem, Marseille
The MuCem museum and the Pier J4 area are a great location to enjoy a stroll and shoot photos of Marseille's landmarks.
MuCem Museum and Exhibitions
The MuCem features permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. Entrance to the MuCem building and the Fort Saint-Jean outdoor area is free. Full price ticket for permanent and temporary exhibits is €8 (check out the museum's website for reduced fees). If you pay by credit card you can skip the queue by purchasing your ticket at the ticket vending machine. An audio tour (in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian) is available for 2 €.

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