Main port of France, birthplace of scuba diving, rich of several archaeological shipwrecks both inland and underwater, and headquarters of the Department of underwater archaeological researches (DRASSM), Marseilles features remarkable cultural facilities such as the Museum of Europe and Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM) and the new History Museum of Marseilles with its exceptional collection of ancient shipwrecks. Named as European Capital of Culture in 2013, Marseilles was able to enhance its heritage and renew its facilities and equipment to make it a perfect host location. More info…

Panorama of the “ Old Harbour” in the city centre of Marseilles  (© Damelet, Groscaux, CCJ, AMU-CNRS-MCC-INRAP)


The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) (French: Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée) is a national museum located in Marseilles, France. It was inaugurated on 7 June 2013 as part of Marseille-Provence 2013, a year when Marseilles was designated as the European Capital of Culture.

View of the Auditorium where the sessions will be held (© MuCEM)

The museum is devoted to European and Mediterranean civilisations. With a permanent collection charting historical and cultural cross-fertilisation in the Mediterranean basin, it takes an interdisciplinary approach to society through the ages up to modern times. The museum is built on reclaimed land at the entrance to the harbour, next to the site of the 17th-century Fort Saint-Jean and a former port terminal called the J4. A channel separates the new building and the Fort Saint-Jean, which has been restructured as part of the project. The two sites are linked by a high footbridge, 130 m (430 ft) long. Another footbridge links the Fort Saint-Jean to the Esplanade de la Tourette, near the church of St Laurent in the Panier quarter. More info…



  • MuCEM : 7 Promenade Robert Laffont – 13002 Marseille       Tel: +33 4 84 35 13 13