Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology

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  • Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne (MAM)
  • Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne (MAM)
  • Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne (MAM)
Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne (MAM)Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne (MAM)Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne (MAM)


Museum offers a wide range of the Art of Mediterranean countries. A full departement is devoted to Egypt.
This collection is the largest in France after that of the Louvre. The Mediterranean Basin and Near East department boasts a rich ceramics and lapidary collection, some of which are unique. These include the Cretan oenochoe, decorated with Mediterranean marine fauna.

A wealth of collections
Currently housed on the second floor of the former Hospice de La Charité, the Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne showcases 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 digs and chance discoveries. By acquiring them from collectors and their heirs, or from art dealers, the museum does not in turn become a mere collector.
By making these collections public, it gives them scientific and cultural meaning. This is an opportunity to recall the history of a museum with over 150 years' experience, which is now responsible for presenting its antique collections.

The "Near East, Mediterranean Basin" department of the Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology is being embellished and enriched to offer the public a new museography from June 15, 2018. A sociological and geo-thematic trail will now offer visitors a better understanding of ancient civilizations by discovering what they brought us and what they 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 foundry techniques... All these inventions, still in use today, will be detailed and illustrated by a rich collection of 400 pieces. This new department, innovative in its approach, will make the link between ancient and modern history.
Some rooms may be closed. Please contact the museum before visiting.
Permanent exhibition area: 800
Temporary exhibition area: 1500
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
Services, Tours, Activities and entertainment
  • 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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  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French


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 (MAM)
Centre de la Vieille Charité
2 Rue de la Charité
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.300082
Longitude : 5.368016