The eagerly anticipated Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) opens this week in the southern French city of Marseille, this year’s European capital of culture.
Located on a site, which includes the Fort Saint-Jean, a historic monument overlooking the Vieux-Port dating back to the 12th century, the new building has been designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti, who views the building as a passport to visit other worlds: “Being Mediterranean is not a birth certificate, it’s a travel certificate. And this place is a trip.”
The groundbreaking MuCEM project seeks to show the Mediterranean as a starting point for creating a shared history, promoting dialogue between societies, and creating a new public space.
The MuCEM is a cultural venue that focuses on all human sciences. Together with permanent and temporary exhibition, the museum will host other cultural events including debates, films, concerts, shows and Mediterranean cooking workshops.
The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations opens to the public on June 7th 2013.