Located at the entrance to the Old Port this massive museum, dedicated entirely to the history and culture and impact of the Mediterranean, has three major sections. Only two of them are at this location. These are the J4 building and the For Saint Jean. The third building, Centre de Conservation et de Ressources in the Belle de Mai neighbourhood, merely stores the museum’s collections in the city center.
The 17th century historic photo was open to the public for the first time as a part of this Museum. Even without the museums and exhibitions the fort is interesting all by itself. Check out the table, the gardens, the courtyards, the fountains, and the elevated viewpoints. Meet people at the Place d’Armes agora, examine the plants at Jardin des Migrations, and use the audio guide to immerse yourself in the sites’ 2000 year old history. The Galerie d’Actualite, the Georges-Henri Riviere, and the chapel are the exhibition spaces at the building. A 70 meter long footbridge connects the fort to the Panier neighborhood. The second, 115 meter long footbridge connects it to J4.
The stylish J4 building houses the semi-permanent exhibits of the Galerie de la Mediterranee, an auditorium, research and workshop rooms, and offices. A striking architectural feature is the concrete latticework. Climb the exterior ramp to the roof terrace. It was built by Rudy Ricciotti.
In these spaces the museum explores the cultures, mythologies, confluences, and evolutions of the Mediterranean nations through events, temporary exhibitions, a collection of over 1 million works of art - paintings, prints and sculptures, furniture, tools, vehicles, reliquaries, jewellery, costumes, textiles, fairground. Keep yourself updated on the website for upcoming events.
The museum would be terrific enough all on its own, but the views of the sea and city from its every corner are just the cherry on top of the cake.
Visit France Itinerary 2 Weeks for an unforgettable France travel experience
- Disabled accessible
- Check out the Maupetit-Actes Sud bookshop, the gift shop and the panoramic terrace cafe.
- Family: EUR 14
- EUR 5 for concessions.
- Guided tour: EUR 12; Concessions: EUR 9; Kids 6-12: EUR 5
- Find extensive concession price list on the website
Groups of 18-25:
- Guided tour 60 minutes: EUR 240 (EUR 200 concessions)
- Guided tour 90 minutes: EUR 260 (EUR 220 concessions)
- Self guided tour: EUR 35 + admission
- Night opening: 2 May - 31 October: Fridays: 11am-10pm
- Last entry 45 minutes before the exhibition closes.
- Buses 82, 82S, 582 stop Fort St Jean
- Bus 49 stop Tourette Cathedrale
- Tram T2, T3 stop Sadi Carnot
- Subway M1 stop Colbert Hotel de Region
- Subway M2 stop Jules Guesde
Love this? Explore the entire list of things to do in Marseille before you plan your trip.
Fancy a good night's sleep after a tiring day? Check out where to stay in Marseille and book an accommodation of your choice.
44.66% of people who visit Marseille include Fort Saint-jean in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
46.67% of people start their Fort Saint-jean visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Fort Saint-jean
89.29% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Fort Saint-jean
Beautiful landmark..nice views.. its interesting how architecture can bring together classical forms and modern structures
If you're in town, you have to check this out. The space is great to explore, provides an excellent vantage of the town and is free to walk around if your on a tight budget. The way the modern museum has been incorporated into the ancient build is very impressive.
Awesome views - great place to spend an hour walking around
Amazing port highly recommend
The views are spectacular and the restaurant is (unexpectantly) top notch