(Marseille, Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur, France)
Marseille comes with a more than reasonable selection of museums for visitors to enjoy. You can explore the natural history exhibits at the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle, or perhaps appreciate the historical exhibits at the Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne.
Other popular choices include the Musée de la Marine et de l'Economie, which is located within the Palais de la Bourse (Stock Exchange) and celebrates the rich maritime history of Marseille. You may also like to learn about the city's fashion heritage, traditions of bygone days, and the time when a Roman port operated here.
Musée d'Histoire Naturelle
Address: Palais Longchamp, 140 Boulevard Longchamp, 13004 Marseille, France, FR
Set up in the 19th century in the right wing of Palais Longchamp, Natural History Museum houses an impressive and diverse collection of artefacts from the natural world.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday, winter - 10:00 to 17:00; summer - 11:00 to 18:00; closed on public holidays
Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne
Address: Centre Vieille Charité, 2 Rue de la Charité, 13002 Marseille, France, FR
Tel: +33 (0)491 14 58 80
Housed within the Centre de Vieille Charité, this venue boasts a number of outstanding artefacts, including some beautiful pottery and glass. The museum's Egyptian collection is particularly notable.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday, October to March - 10:00 to 17:00; April to September - 11:00 to 18:00
Musée de la Marine et de l'Economie
Address: Palais de la Bourse, 9 La Canebière, 13001 Marseille, France, FR
Tel: +33 (0)491 39 3333
This museum dedicated to the city's seafaring commercial past is fittingly housed within its impressive neoclassical Stock Exchange building. Paintings, engravings and models of ships depict Marseille's strong ties with the sea, including trade, life in port and its maritime history.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00; closed public holidays
Musée de la Mode
Address: 11 La Canebière, 13001 Marseille, France, FR
Tel: +33 (0)4 96 170 600
Dedicated to the glamorous world of French fashion, this museum looks at changing fashion trends and the famous fashion houses that have helped create them. Over 2,000 fashion-related exhibits are housed within the impressive Espace Mode Méditerranée.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 19:00
Musée du Santon
Address: 47 Rue Neuve-Sainte-Catherine, 13007 Marseille, France, FR
Tel: +33 (0)491 54 2658
A private collection of nearly 1,000 exhibits illustrates the role that santons - or tiny, carved traditional figurines - have played in the history of Marseille and the Provençal region.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00
Musée du Vieux Marseille
Address: Rue de la Prison, 13002 Marseille, France, FR
Tel: +33 (0)491 55 2868
The Musée du Vieux Marseille is a museum of local history and located within the Maison Diamantée, a rather fine 17th-century building in the old district. Exhibits within the museum help visitors to envisage for themselves daily life and traditions in the area from the 17th century onwards.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday, winter - 10:00 to 17:00; summer - 11:00 to 18:00
Musée des Docks Romains
Address: Place Vivaux, 13002 Marseille, France, FR
Tel: +33 (0)491 91 2462
The remains of the city's ancient Roman port only came to light thanks to a chance discovery when the area was being redeveloped. On display today is a vast collection of evidence that Marseille was at the heart of ancient commercial activity, including examples of objects that were once traded. On display too is wreckage that has been raised from the harbour.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday, winter - 10:00 to 17:00; summer - 11:00 to 18:00; closed public holidays