Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, Marseille

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The Marseille History Museum is the local historical and archaeological museum of Marseille in France. It was opened in 1983, the first town historical museum in France, to display the major archaeological finds discovered when the site was excavated in 1967 for commercial redevelopment and the construction of the Centre de la Bourse shopping centre. The museum building, which is entered from within the centre, opens onto the "jardin des vestiges", a garden containing the stabilised archaeological remains of classical ramparts, port buildings, a necropolis and so on.
The museum presently contains permanent displays exhibiting the history of Marseille up to the 18th century. Highlights include:
some of the finds from the site itself, including, most famously, the hull of a ship of the 2nd century ; the prehistory of the region round the later city, the Ligures and the Phocaeans, and the development through the Ancient Greek and Roman periods of the port of Massilia; early Christianity ; medieval potters' workshops and the first French manufactory of faience ; the redevelopment of the city under Louis XIV and the construction of the forts Saint-Jean and Saint-Nicolas
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  • Nicely done museum with an English audio guide that covers enough of the exhibits for us to understand. There’s a lot of history here over 2,600 years and it’s amazing how much they have dug up and pr...  more »
  • The area used to be first line to see long time ago until regressing of water. Nice romans antiques. Whole city in under so most tools transfer to museum  more »
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  • The artifacts are well below the quality of most good museums. It's as if they acquired the leftovers that other museums with better funding passed on.
  • Considering that ships have been sailing to Marseille for almost 3,000 years, there’s a lot of history to this city. The museum does a good job taking you from very early history to modern times. There are headsets that translate the many videos to English.
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