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Things to do in Marseille

The Vieux Port boasts iconic views of Notre-Dame de la Garde and access to the steep Panier with its Vieille Charité museums. Beyond the Cannebière, within Longchamp, is the sumptuous Musée Grobet-Labadie, while further south, past La Corniche, the MAC displays art from the 1960s onwards. You can catch a boat to the Chateau d'If, a 16th-century fortress, or towards Cassis for Les Calanques cliffs. Most museums are open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm/6pm.

Fishing village of Les Goudes, Calanques, France

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. La Vieille Charité - Museums and Galleries

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    La Vieille Charité Centre, Marseille. © OTC Marseille

    The Mediterranean Archaeological Museum and the Museum of African, Oceanic and Native American Art occupy La Vieille Charité complex, a former 17th-century workhouse in Marseille's Panier district. Intrigues include a display of shrunken heads and a domed Baroque chapel.Show this on map

    Cost

    €2; concessions €1

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (11am-6pm Jun-Sep)

    Address

    Centre de la Vieille Charité, 2 rue de la Charité, Marseille 13002

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 91 14 58 80

    Transport

    Metro to Joliette

    Website

    La Vieille Charité Centre Website

  2. 2. Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) - Museums and Galleries

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    César's Thumb at the MAC, Marseille. © OTC Marseille

    Set within a statue-studded garden near the Corniche, the MAC showcases major French and international art from the 1960s onwards, including New Realist, Fluxus, Arte Povera and Support Surface Art. You can admire the installations without the crowds.Show this on map

    Cost

    €3; concessions €1.50

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-5pm

    Address

    69, Avenue de Haïfa, Marseille 13008

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 91 25 01 07

    Transport

    Metro to Rond-Point du Prado then bus 23 or 45 to Haïfa Marie-Louise

  3. 3. Grobet-Labadié Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Grobet-Labadié Museum, Marseille. Photo by William Squittieri, courtesy of the Marseille City Hall Press Office

    Bequeathed to Marseille in 1919, the Grobet-Labadié Museum, in the Longchamp area, is a sumptuous bourgeois town house. Its salons, bedrooms, boudoirs and libraries contain treasures such as paintings by Fragonard and Constable, 18th-century furniture, Renaissance etchings and Gobelin tapestries.Show this on map

    Cost

    €2; concessions €1

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (11am-6pm Jun-Sep)

    Address

    boulevard Longchamp, Marseille 13001

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 91 62 21 82

    Transport

    Metro to Cinq-Avenues; bus 81 to the Longchamps stop

Attractions

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  1. 4. Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica - Attractions

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    Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, Marseille. Photo by Mark Murphy, Flickr - Cheesemonster

    The Romanesque-Byzantine-style Notre-Dame de la Garde is the symbol of Marseille, lending its name to the surrounding quarters. Set on the highest point of the city, it offers breathtaking panoramas. Admire Carpeaux's exquisite Mater Dolorosa statue in the crypt.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Apr-Oct daily 7am-7.15pm; Nov-Mar daily 7.30am-5.30pm

    Address

    Rue Fort-du-Sanctuaire, Marseille 13281

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 91 13 40 80

    Transport

    Metro to Estrangin Préfecture

    Website

    Notre-Dame de la Garde Website

  2. 5. Chateau d'If - Attractions

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    Chateau d'If, Marseille. Photo by Susan Slinkard, Flickr - Family Slinkard

    Just off Marseille's shoreline, the Château d'If was built under François I as a military stronghold. You can take a boat from the Vieux Port to visit the prison cells that inspired Alexandre Dumas' novel The Count of Monte Cristo.Show this on map

    Cost

    €5; 18-25s €3.50; under 17s free; boat €15

    Opening hours

    Boats leave regularly from mainland from 9am-4.15pm

    Address

    1, Quai de la Fraternité, Marseille 13001

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 91 59 02 30

    Transport

    Metro to Vieux Port then Frioul If Express boat

    Website

    Château d'If Website

Special things to do

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  1. 6. Les Calanques - Special Things to do

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    Fishing village of Les Goudes, Calanques, France

    Les Calanques are a 20km stretch of creeks whose dramatic cliffs shelter idyllic beaches and exceptional flora and fauna. Discover them by boat from the Vieux Port, or Sormiou and Morgiou Calanques can be reached by footpaths from town.Show this on map

    Cost

    €25; concessions €18

    Opening hours

    Every other day 9.30am (call for schedule); daily 2pm Apr-Nov

    Address

    Croisières Marseille Calanques, quai de la Fraternité, Marseille 13001

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 91 58 72 23

    Transport

    Metro to Vieux Port

    Website

    Calanques Boat Cruise Website

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