New collections: the museums of Marseille
The City of Marseille by Nicolaes Visscher. Musée d'Histoire de Marseille© Ville de Marseille, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image des musées de la ville de Marseille
Child Sitting on the back of a steer. Château Borély, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode© Ville de Marseille, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Benjamin Soligny / Raphaël Chipault
Portrait presumed to be of Isabelle Brandt, once known as Hélène Fourment, by Pierre Paul Rubens (1577-1640). Musée des Beaux-Arts© Ville de Marseille, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean Bernard
Goalkeeper. Musée d'Arts Africains, Océaniens, Amérindiens© Ville de Marseille, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / David Giancatarina
Hotel Grobet© Ville de Marseille, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean Bernard
From now on, appreciate the city of Marseille's museum collections: a journey through art history across works from nine museums.
Discover a selection of 2,500 works of a wide variety of styles, including furniture, ceramics, glass, tapestries, objets d’art, rare exotic objects and fashion and accessory collections from the 18th century to the present day, including 6,000 pieces of earthenware and glass from Marseille and Provence.
These collections retrace the 26 centuries of the city of Marseille, from Antiquity to the modern day, through 4,000 pieces including archaeological remnants of the Greek and Roman times, amphorae, ceramics, skins, metals and – the masterpiece – the wreck of a merchant ship from 2nd century France.
Set up in a wing of the Palais Longchamp (Second Empire), the museum features over 8,000 paintings, drawings and sculptures from the 15th to the 19th century, including several key works from the Flemish, German, Italian and French schools, such as those by Pierre Puget or Honoré Daumier.
With a large collection of modern and contemporary art gifted to the city by Jules Cantini, discover our masterpieces from the early 20th century to today thanks to donations and deposits from the State (MAM, Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Musée National Picasso, Musée d'Orsay).
France's second largest collection of Egyptian antiquities after the Louvre, on display in the Centre de la Vieille Charité. Also discover more than 2,000 items acquired in the 19th and 20th centuries – an extensive collection of ceramics and stone pieces, including some iconic objects such as the stelae of General Kasa.
The Musée Grobet-Labadié, an attractive 19th-century private mansion, houses extensive collections gathered by Marseille-based traders Alexandre Labadié and his son-in-law Louis Grobet. They reflect the tastes of refined bourgeois society and include works from the Early Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the 18th and 19th centuries.
Early art divided into three collections: Africa (masks, sculptures, statues, donations from Pierre Guerre), Oceania and the Americas (more than 80 skulls and masks from around the world from the Henri Gastaut collection, feather headdresses, etc.) and Mexico (3,000 folk art objects).
Coming soon: more images including the collections of the Musée d'Art Contemporain and the Musée des Docks Romains.