Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology

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Museum offers a wide range of the Art of Mediterranean countries. A full departement is devoted to Egypt.
This collection is the most important in France after that of the Louvre. The Mediterranean Basin and Near East department has a very rich ceramic and lapidary collection, some of which are unique. One example is the Cretan oenochoe, decorated with the marine fauna of the Mediterranean.

The richness of the collections

Currently located on the second floor of the former hospice of La Charité, the Mediterranean Archaeology Museum presents collections mostly acquired during the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century. Representing the eastern and central civilizations of the Mediterranean, they come from private collections, some of which have been assembled since the 18th century, from archaeological excavations and chance discoveries. By acquiring them from collectors and their heirs, or from art dealers, the museum does not become a simple collector.
By making these collections public, it gives them meaning, on a scientific and cultural level. This is an opportunity to recall the history of a museum with more than 150 years of experience, which is now responsible for presenting its collections of antiques.

The department "Near East, Mediterranean Basin" of the Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology embellishes and enriches to offer the public from June 15, 2018 a new museography. A sociological and geo-thematic course will now offer visitors a better understanding of ancient civilizations by discovering what they have brought us and what they have left us ... From the birth of the city to the first alphabets, from the invention of glass to the technique of Greek ceramics, from the omnipresent polychromy on all ancient works to the most elaborate techniques of casting ... All these inventions, still used today, will be detailed and illustrated by a collection of 400 pieces. This new department, innovative in its discourse, will make the link between ancient and immediate history.
Some rooms may be closed. Please contact the museum before visiting.
Surface of the permanent exhibition : 800
Surface of the temporary exhibition : 1500

Due to a temporary technical failure, the museum's elevator is currently out of order. The Museums of Marseille apologize for the inconvenience and will do everything possible to welcome you in the best conditions.
Accessible for disabled
Opening period (s)All year round, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 9 am and 6 pm.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.
  • categories :
    • Musée de France
General information
  • Parking :
    • Parking nearby
  • Client profile :
    • Groups
  • Visits :
    • you can visit it
  • Price :
    • Free
  • Information panel language(s) :
    • French
  • Park :
    • Park
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  • Environments :
    • Close to a public transportation
  • Help for client/practical :
    • Wi-fi
  • Entertainment :
    • Temporary exhibition
    • Entertainment
  • Visit :
    • Guided tours
  • Shop :
    • Shop
  • Restaurants :
    • Dining area
  • Accessibility criteria for people with reduced mobility :
    • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
  • Accessibility Criteria for Hearing Impairment :
    • Hearing disability
  • Accessibility Criteria for Visually Impaired :
    • Visual disability


Application of barrier measures
Wearing a mask
Management of visitor flows and circulation with
Adapted procedures with informative signage.
Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology
Centre de la Vieille Charité
2 Rue De la Charité
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Free of charge. Free access for the permanent collections.
Free access to temporary exhibitions on the first day of the exhibition, the other days are not free.
Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne
Centre de la Vieille Charité
2 Rue De la Charité
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.300082
Longitude : 5.368016