The first museum dedicated to Mediterranean cultures was inaugurated as part of the MP 2013 City of Culture program in Marseille. The multiple exhibition spaces celebrate all the cultures bound by the sea, from Gibraltar to Beirouth but it’s the building, and its jaw-dropping location, overlooking the sea and on the edge of the Vieux Port and Notre Dame De La Garde – that is stealing the show.
Designed by French architect Rudy Ricciotti the MuCem is a great piece of architecture – a black box covered by a delicate skin of concrete lace and glass – making it bold and lightweight at the same time, and creating an interplay with the surrounding natural elements so typical of Marseille: the bright light, the strong winds and the blue sea.
1 Esplanade du J4
Tel: +33 4 84 35 13 13
Closed Tuesdays. Late openings on Friday nights until 10pm. Otherwise open 11am until 7pm (summer) or 6pm (winter).