Lives in Philadelphia, PA
Since Feb 2009
I now live near Philadelphia but I lived 30 years in France: approximately 15 years in the south: Manosque, Avignon and 8 of which in Marseille, I spent every summer in Cassis growing up and still go every year; I lived approximately 15 years in Paris.
Art Museums, Speciality Museums, History Museums
Art Museums, Historic Sites
Musee d'Histoire de Marseille should be the starting point of any cultural trip to the city. Here you can time travel through the centuries, from the earliest settlement of the Phoenician City (Cite Phoceenne) to futuristic Marseille.
The most recent addition to Marseille's museum scene, MuCEM provides an interesting global outlook on European and Mediterranean civilizations.
Located in a beautiful 19th-century mansion, Musee Grobet-Labadie houses the impressive private collection that once belonged to a family of local bourgeoisie traders. Prepare for 'wow!'
When rebuilding the port area after the Germans destroyed it during World War II, the people of Marseille made an incredible discovery: the remains of a Roman shipping warehouse. Today, Musee des Docks Romains documents the authentic day-to-day port life through a collection of fascinating artifacts, many of them found in shipwrecks.
Musee des Beaux-Arts displays great works of renowned local artists, including Pierre Puget, the greatest French artist of the Baroque period, and Honoré Daumier, who was well known for his drawings and caricature sculptures. You'll also see several French and Italian Grand Masters here.
Over the years, the Regards de Provence Foundation has gradually acquired an important art collection, which today consists of more than 850 works relating in some way to the Southern territory. The themes of the exhibitions often change, but you'll always find a great selection of pieces on display in the exhibition halls.