France: Can museum of Mediterranean culture remake Marseille’s reputation?

 

A new flagship museum dedicated to Mediterranean civilization in Marseille is hoping to shake off the southern metropolis’ reputation as France’s deadliest city with a drastic cultural makeover. The collections at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations represent dozens of cultures and their histories and are filled with items from folklore to classical antiquities. The museum is the centerpiece of Marseille’s turn as the European Capital of Culture for 2013. Officials see it as a chance to transform the ravaged image of the metropolis, which was once a crossroad of Mediterranean civilization and bastion of the ancient Greeks, but is now considered one of Europe’s deadliest cities.

Details: www.mucem.org/en

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