Comfort Hotel Marseille Nord Aix
Avenue de la Gardiette
Les Pennes Mirabeau, 13170
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Arts & Museums
Situated in a tile factory on the southern ring-road of Aix-en-Provence, this museum is a moving testament to this former WWII transit and deportation camp. The history of the camps is brought to life by instructional posters and the frescoes made by the prisoners showing the daily atrocities of internment. Admission is free.
Founded some 12 years ago by the Forest Foundation, this eco-museum is devoted to the Mediterranean forest. The ten rooms, occupying nearly 800 square meters (8611 square feet), each deal with a particular topic in an educational and entertaining way. You get the chance to develop an understanding of the forest, its many qualities and specific character. You can also visit a 13-hectare (32-acre) park with a botanical path and play areas. Just the place for a family outing!
Located in the Château-Gombert district, north-east of the city, this museum was established in 1928 by Julien Pignol, a Provençal poet anxious to preserve local tradition. A permanent exhibition of everyday objects, furniture and costumes offers a fascinating exposé of local customs between the 17th-19th centuries. The exhibits at Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires provide its visitors a complete insight into the rich culture and day to day life of the people of this region.
The Municipal Archive of Marseilles occupies a very special place in the city's heritage. The treasured culture of Marseilles is enriched housing a collection of private documents. It currently holds over 20,000 works in its library collection, an exhibition of old French currency and medals comprising of a large number of pieces, and a mine of municipal archives-among the most important in the country. It also houses a reading room, ideal for conducting research where around hordes of visitors come each year.
A hotbed of cultural activities, La Friche is spread across 45,000 square meters of an old tobacco factory, where more than 500 exhibits draw in over 80,000 visitors all year round. "La Friche represents man's incredible capacity to outsmart the systems which prevent him from speaking." These words from Philippe Foulquié, the venue's creator, capture the very essence of what can be described as the city's cultural dynamo: apart from being a great exhibition space for contemporary art, La Friche also takes up other forms of artistic expression to explore culture. Check website for exhibition details and event schedules.
The huge public library behind St-Charles station regularly holds exhibitions focusing on the written word. The library holds 500,000 documents sorted according to sections designed to cover all media of expression; 300,000 works available for reference, including 200 periodicals, newspapers and reviews as well as special archives, comprising an important collection of books dating from the 17th to 20th Century. A visit to the library will give you the chance to acquaint yourself with all the services it has to offer and to wander in cultural surroundings during the exhibitions.
The Creuset is a real hub of artistic exchange and a meeting place for the performing arts. All kinds of genres have taken up residence here, from storytelling to plays or even one-man shows. Exhibitions by local artists are frequently organized to coincide with the shows, making this an altogether original conception of artistic production.
The Observatoire de Marseilles was created in 1702 by Jesuites. The star gazers delight in the programs offered: the observatory organises regular exhibitions and provide the opportunity to study the sky, as well as schedule shows, events and conferences at the planetarium. The instrument room can only be viewed by appointment. A dizzying journey through the stars and into the cosmos makes for a unique and awe-inspiring experience.
The Urban Gallery is a cool and cultural space where art shows and exhibitions are hosted in order to promote the artistic veins in the young population. For a complete art experience: visit the website to check out the schedule of upcoming exhibitions or call on.
The FRAC (Regional Contemporary Art Fund), an association co-funded by the regional council for Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and the Ministry of Culture, was set up in 1982 with the purpose of buying, exhibiting and circulating contemporary art works. With an annual budget of million of francs, the FRAC aims to build up a living patrimony for the region, made up entirely of original works. An emphasis on new creations allows us to reflect on today's art through disciplines as diverse as sculpture, drawing, painting and even video.
The Musee des Beaux-Arts resides in Marseilles' Palais Longchamp, an architectural masterpiece in its own right, built to celebrate the city's access to water during the Second Empire. French, Italian and Flemish schools of painting converge over two floors. The collection includes works by Perugino, Rubens, David and Courbet, interspersed with sculptures by Puget and Daumier. Provence also has its place, featuring in displays from the prolific period between the 17th and 19th Centuries.
Established in 1815 through the impetus of the Marquis de Montgrand, then mayor of Marseilles, the National History Museum assembles some of the most invaluable examples of our natural heritage. Housed in the right wing of Palais Longchamp, a magnificent palace built in the Second Empire, the museum's collections earned it, in 1967, a place among the top 9 museums in France. Today, with more than 200,000 species classified according to similarities of origin, structure etc., the museum seeks to preserve the memory of our rich biodiversity.