Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology

Marseille
Provence Côte d'Azur
Attractions and places of interest
Museums

The Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology contains a vast collection of important artefacts from ancient Mediterrenean civilisations. It has the second largest collection of Egyptian artefacts in France, after the Louvre, a rich collection from the Middle East with ceramics and early tablets from 4th century Mesopotamia and discoveries of bronze and ceramic objects from ancient Greece and ancient Rome. There is also an interseting collection of Celto-Ligurian objects found within 30km radius of Marseille itself that illustrates the evolution of village communities in the area since the 5th century BC.

 

Nearby attractions

The Fort St Jean is an imposing structure built between the 15th and 17th centuries to guard and protect the port from attack. It was used as a garrison but later became a prison during the Revolution.

On the other side of the quay is the impressive Fort St Nicholas, which was constructed during the 1660s and was used as much to keep the locals in line and loyal to the throne, as to deter invaders.

A palace built to hide a water tower in the 1860s, the Palais Longchamp is a remarkable work of architecture that commemorates the arrival of water via the canal from the Durance river that was created to supply the city of...

Although originally built by François I in the early 16th century as a fortress with strategic importance, the Château d'If soon became used as a prison for Republicans and Protestants and is best known as the setting of the...

Places to visit nearby

Marseille in Provence Côte d'Azur is the second largest, and the oldest, city in France and is situated on the sunny south coast.

Nîmes in Languedoc Rousillon is the home of some of the best preserved Roman monuments in the world and is especially famous for its amphitheatre.

St Tropez in Provence Côte d'Azur is a sophisticated resort that is popular with the European and American jet set.