Three sites for a single museum
The J4 is a building hailed for its architectural boldness. Rudy Ricciotti and Roland Carta created a cube of concrete lacework that watches over the entrance to the Old Port. The mesh plays with the sun, for particularly photogenic plays of light and shadow. The 15,000 m² site is home to temporary exhibitions and permanent collections. There is also an auditorium, a bookstore and a restaurant with a panoramic terrace.
The carefully restored Fort Saint-Jean opens the MuCEM to the city of Marseille. This historic monument, of which the first buildings date back to the 12th century, is freely accessible to visitors, who can stroll along the curtain walls, enjoy a café and a bookstore. The Fort Saint-Jean site also covers 15,000 m². Several rooms house the works of the MuCEM. Two concrete footbridges, with slender lines, link Fort Saint-Jean to the Panier district on one side, and to the J4 on the other.
The Conservation and Resource Center, located in the Belle de Mai district, is where the collections are kept. The Center can also be visited for a behind-the-scenes tour of this must-see museum in Marseille. Part of the reserves are accessible to the public. Visitors can also take advantage of a documentary area and a temporary exhibition space.