Marseille History Museum France, Marseille

Marseille History Museum

The Marseille History Museum (Musée d'Histoire de Marseille) is the local historical and archaeological museum of Marseille in France. It was opened in 1983, the first town historical museum in France, to display the major archaeological finds discovered when the site was excavated in 1967 for commercial redevelopment and the construction of the Centre de la Bourse shopping centre. The museum building, which is entered from within the centre, opens onto the "jardin des vestiges", a garden containing the stabilised archaeological remains of classical ramparts, port buildings, a necropolis and so on.

The museum presently contains permanent displays exhibiting the history of Marseille up to the 18th century. Highlights include:

Further building works are planned which when completed will make possible permanent exhibitions of Marseille's history in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The museum also includes a library, documentation center, and video collection.

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