You can experience different elements of the city’s history through some of its museums.
A good place to start if you do have an interest in history is Marseille History Museum.
This museum was founded when archaeological digs were conducted prior to the construction of a new shopping centre, Centre de la Bourse, and many items of archaeological interest were discovered.
The museum is entered through the shopping centre and includes a garden area where ramparts, a necropolis, and port buildings can be seen.
Exhibits run through the city’s history in this, said by some, to be the oldest city in France.
The Natural History Museum is within Palais Longchamp, so it could be a worthwhile stop when visiting the palace.
Websites: Marseille History Museum – Natural History Museum
Anyone who prefers art over history will find a good share of museums too.
Museum of Fine Arts which is one of the premier museums in the metropolis.
You’ll find it inside the stunning Palais Longchamp.
It displays paintings, sculptures and drawings from the 16th to 19th centuries.
Museum of Contemporary Art is another in the centre of town, and there’s one devoted to ceramics too.
Websites: Museum of Fine Arts – Museum of Contemporary Art
Check out the Marseille City Pass that includes most museums and attractions in Marseille.