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CityPass 48h

 The congress participants will be given a CityPass 48-hours ticket, which enables them free access to all Marseille museums, free use of the whole bus, metro, tramway network and city shuttle, as well as a range of different discounts, free tasting etc. 

For more detailed information about all the benefits of the CityPass ticket please download the CityPass brochure (un lien).

Marseille has no less than 21 museums covering every period of history from Antiquity to the present day, and from archaeology to motorbikes, Fine Arts and Marseille traditions. Here are some of the most remarkable museums of Marseille.

 

Musée des Beaux-Arts and Museum and Natural history museum

Palais Longchamp houses the city’s Musée des beaux-arts and Natural history museum.

The Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille, located in the east wing of the Palais, is one of the main museums in the city of Marseille, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. It displays a collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings from the 16th to 19th centuries.

The Natural history museum, located in the west wing of the Palais, houses 83,000 zoological specimens d’animaux, 200, 000 botanical specimens, 81,000 fossils, and 8,000 mineral specimens.

The address of the musée:  7 Rue Édouard Stephan 13004 Marseille 

 

The Musée Regards de Provence

 The Musée Regards de Provence is the new permanent base of the Fondation Regards de Provence, an organisation for the promotion of provençal art and culture. It is both a showcase for provençal art and a fascinating historic building in its own right.

The address of the musée: Rue Vaudoyer 13002 Marseille

 

The Vieille Charité

 In the heart of the Panier, or Old Town, the Vieille Charité, pictured, houses the Musée des Arts Africains, Oceaniens et Amérindiens (MAAOA) an eclectic array of ethnographic art, and the Musée d’Archéologie Méditerranéenne (Museum of Mediterranean Archeology), a fine collection of ancient Greek, Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian artefacts.

The address of the musée: 2 Rue de la Charité  13002 Marseille

 

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Entirely renovated Château Borély now houses the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode (Museum of Decorative Arts, Earthenware and Fashion). Visitors can view the exceptional collections of ceramics, glass, furniture, art, rare exotic objects, design and fashion. Contemporary artwork – including the large vestibule skylight created by designer Mathieu Lehanneur – can be found.

 

In addition, the congress participants will be given a free shuttle ticket to Frioul Islands or to If Castle.

 

Frioul Islands

The Frioul archipelago is a group of 4 islands located off the Mediterranean coast of France, approximately at 4 km from Marseille. The islands of the archipelago cover a total land area of approximately 200 hectares.

As Marseille developed as a port, the islands were used as a stopover for sailors and subsequently a quarantine station to protect the city from epidemics. Ratonneau, the largest island, houses the Hôpital Caroline, built in the early 19th century as a quarantine station to treat people suffering from yellow fever.

Calanques, beaches, sandy creeks, impressive cliffs, the light quality and the water transparency make the islands a spot of great beauty. Still a conservation area, it is an authentic encounter in the Mediterranean sea. The microclimate generates original and rare floral species, adapted to the conditions of aridity that characterize the spot. Furthermore, the Mistral is the great actor of these islands; it sculpts, gnaws and arranges them.

 

If Castle

The Château d’If is a fortress (later a prison) located on the island of If, the smallest island in the Frioul Archipelago situated in the Mediterranean Sea about a mile offshore in the Bay of Marseille in southeastern France. It was built in 1524-31 on the orders of King Francis I, who, during a visit in 1516, saw the island as a strategically important location for defending the coastline from sea-based attacks. The Château d’If is famous for being one of the settings of Alexandre Dumas’ adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo.

If island measures 3 hectares (0.03 km2) and is located 3.5 kilometers west of the Vieux Port in Marseille. The entire island is heavily fortified; high ramparts with gun platforms surmount the cliffs that rise steeply from the surrounding ocean. Apart from the fortress, the island is uninhabited.

The château’s use as a prison ceased at the end of the 19th century. It was demilitarized and opened to the public on September 23, 1890. It can now be reached by boat from Marseille’s old port.

 

We suggest you to visit the beautiful Provence towns located not far from Marseille, such as Aix-en-Provence, Arles and Avignon. These towns are famous by their rich architectural heritage and History.

 

Aix-en-Provence

The historic capital of Provence and university town is a city of art with an extremely rich architectural heritage. The Cours Mirabeau, an historic thoroughfare, is great for walking outdoors and remains one of the most visited and busiest places in the city with its inspiring terraces.

 

The musée Granet, a museum devoted to painting, sculpture and the archeology of Aix. The museum, adjacent to the Church of Saint-Jean-de-Malte, first opened in 1838 in buildings previously belonging

to the prior of Saint-Jean-de-Malte. It still shares a common garden with

the church.

The museum, set in the old Priory of the Knights of Malta, takes its name from the Aixois painter François Marius Granet whose essence of creativity is retained there. The permanent collections make it one of the richest provincial museums with works by mostly French painters of the XVIth to the XXth centuries and different schools of Dutch, Flemish and Italian art. Since 1984 the museum has gathered eight paintings by Cézanne.

The archaeological rooms allow you to discover the origins of Aix and the Celto-Ligurian civilization of Entremont.

 

Arles

The city has a long history, and was of considerable importance in the Roman province of Gallia Narbonensis. The Roman and Romanesque Monuments of Arles were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1981. The city has been called « a good example of the adaptation of an ancient city to medieval European civilization », with its Roman monuments, of which the earliest – the arena, the Roman theatre and the cryptoporticus (subterranean galleries) – date back to the 1st century B.C. During the 4th century Arles experienced a second golden age, as attested by the baths of Constantine and the necropolis of Alyscamps. Also the Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh lived in Arles in 1888–1889 and produced over 300 paintings and drawings during his time there. An international photography festival has been held in the city since 1970.

 

The Musée de l’Arles antique is an archeological museum housed in a modern building designed and built in 1995 by the architect Henri Ciriani, at Arles.The museum houses a large collection of antiquities, including monumental Roman sculptures from the local region. Among the exhibits is a model of the multiple overshot water mills, which existed at Barbegal, and have been referred to as «the greatest known concentration of mechanical power in the ancient world».

Avignon

 Often referred to as the «City of Popes» because of the presence of popes and antipopes from 1309 to 1423 during the Catholic schism, it is currently the largest city and capital of the département of Vaucluse. This is one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts. In addition, its historic centre, the palace of the popes, Rocher des Doms, and the bridge of Avignon are well preserved. It was classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

 

As a showcase of arts and culture, the fame of its annual theatre festival, known as the Festival d’Avignon, has far exceeded the French borders.

 

The Palais des Papes is a historical palace in Avignon, southern France, one of the largest and most important medival Gothic buildings in Europe. One time fortress and palace, the papal residence was the seat of Western Christianity during the 14th century. Six papal conclaves were held in the Palais, leading to the elections of Benedict XII in 1334, Clement VI in 1342, Innocent VI in 1352, Urban V in 1362, Gregory XI in 1370 and Antipope Benedict XIII in 1394.

The Palais is actually made up of two buildings: the old Palais of Benedict XII which sits on the impregnable rock of Doms, and the new Palais of Clement VI, the most extravagant of the Avignon popes. Not only is the final combination the largest Gothic building of the Middle Ages, it is also one of the best examples of the International Gothic architectural style. The construction design was the work of two of France’s best architects, Pierre Peysson and Jean du Louvres and the lavish ornamentation - the work of two of the best students of the School of Siena (Italy), Simone Martini and Matteo Giovanetti.