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 (PDF).
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.
FINE ARTS MUSEUM and MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
The Palais Longchamp houses the city’s Fine Arts Museum and the Natural History Museum.
The Fine Arts Museum of 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.
REGARDS DE PROVENCE MUSEUM
The Regards de Provence Museum 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.
Allée Regards de Provence / Rue Vaudoyer, 13002 Marseille – Regards de Provence Museum
THE VIEILLE CHARITE
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.
2 rue de la Charité, 13002 Marseille – Vieille Charité
MUSEUM OF THE DECORATIVE ARTS, FASHION, AND CERAMICS
Entirely renovated Château Borély now houses the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode (Museum of Decorative Arts, Fashion and Ceramics). 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 throughout the collections.
Château Borély 134 avenue Clôt Bey, 13008 Marseille – Museum of the Decorative Arts
In addition, the congress participants will be given a free shuttle ticket to Frioul Islands or to If Castle.
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.
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.
If you want to get more information about visits and the cultural Marseille Provence 2013 program during your stay in Marseille, you should go to the Pavillon M located on Vieux Port, or to Marseille’s tourist office.