(Museums) – 3 years ago, the first museum dedicated to Mediterranean cultures opened in Marseille, France. MUCEM highlights the importance of the region, cultural blending, and the tales of an ancient city whose beauty has grown with age, like a woman who has lived plenty and seen it all. Marseille is a city with the type of beauty that can only develop after witnessing battles and victories, currents, winds, and the sun. The beauty of maturity.
MUCEM, which stands for Musée des les civilisations de L’Europe et de la Méditerranée honors that legacy. Inaugurated on June 9, 2013, it is now considered one of the 50 Best Museums in the World.
It speaks of Africa, of the Arab, French, Italian, Jewish, Spanish, and other cultures. It is a blend and a mosaic for past and present.
Here is a compilation of elements presented during the grand opening, most of which are part of the permanent exhibits at MUCEM, and how the building looks inside and outside. Next time you visit the South of France, this is a “must”place to visit!
Outdoors, by the sea, at MUCEM
The Garden of Migration, outside MUCEM. El jardín de la migración, afuera del MUCEM.
The European high society invented the Mediterranean “holiday,” in the 19th century. La alta sociedad europea inventó el día feriado Mediterráneo, o vacaciones, en el siglo XIX.
A performer walks through the area adjacent to the MUCEM, in Fort St Jean. Un artista camina por todo el årea del Fuerte St. Jean, adjacente al MUCEM.
The way Marseille looked in the 18th Century. Así era Marsella en el siglo XVIII.
Gorgeous view of the MUCEM, from Fort St. Jean. Hermosa vista de MUCEM, desde el Fuerte St. Jean.
A Mediterranean shore. Pedacito de tierra en el Mediterráneo.
A passage inside MUCEM. Un pasillo adentro de MUCEM.
Through the walls one can see the Mediterranean. El mar abierto se puede ver desde adentro por medio de esta pared de hierro.
The intention of this work is to bring all cultures at the table, made in the form of the Mediterranean sea. Esta pieza intenta representar el que todas las culturas involucradas puedan sentarse a la mesa del mar mediterráneo.
MUCEM is located at
7 Prom. Robert Laffont, 13002 Marseille, France.
I happened to live there at the time and got to visit the first day MUCEM opened. Lovely, interesting, meaningful.
All photos were taken with my iphone4 or iphone5. Can’t remember.