The MuCEM is part of the bold rennovation of the port of Marseille that includes the Villa Méditerranée, an architectural work of art next door to the MuCEM that is used to promote cultural understanding and dialogues among the countries of the Mediterranean.
|The Villa Méditerranée reflecting pool|
|Villa Méditerranée is a conference center for the Mediterranean peoples|
The MuCEM includes Fort Saint Jean which has been rennovated as well. The tourist representative spoke excellent English and told me the MuCEM was open at 11AM and she provided me with a map and the bus lines to take and their cost (€1.80) as well as an electric shuttle bus called the City Navette (fare 0.50€). She handed me a bag of jelly beans and smiled as I left. Ron and I walked a block to the bus stop and soon boarded the City Navette shuttle. We offered €1 to cover our fare, but the driver refused to take it. He dropped us off in front of the MuCEM and we got into the queue that was waiting for the MuCEM to open in 15 minutes. After waiting about 45 minutes, we entered the lobby and headed toward the line for tickets when a young man took us to the front of the line, explaining that it was free to both of us because Ron had a walker to assist his walking. He showed us the elevator and we went up to the terrace garden and cafe. I wandered around Ft. Saint Jean and took pictures of the nearby Marseille Cathedral (Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille), the sea and the port, and of the fort and gardens.
|Marseille Cathedral from the MuCEM|
|Tower of Fort Saint Jean|
|Entrance to the Old Port's harbor|
|The gardens of Ft. Saint Jean|
|Walking through a tunnel at Ft. Saint Jean|
There was a wonderful multi-media exhibition of the history, art, exploration, and culture of the Mediterranean civilizations within the fort's buildings. Four languages subtitled the French narration.
|The video covered the ceilings within the old fort|
|The walkway between the MuCEM and Ft. Saint Jean|
|Walkway from MuCEM to Ft.Saint Jean|
|View from Ft. Saint Jean|
|Notice of an exhibit on women bullfighters in MuCEM|
|Outside the MuCEM|
|Inside the MuCEM|
I went shopping nearby to get some Provence soaps, lavender sachets, and a few other souvenirs before we had to leave Marseille. Provence is famous for their soaps and lavender.
|Nice Christmas gifts and a few fragrant soaps for me, too.|