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The Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée, which goes by its acronym Mucem, is Marseille's history and cultural museum that leads visitors on an anthropological journey through Mediterranean history. Architect Rudy Ricciotti designed the contemporary building, which connects to the 13th-century Fort Saint-Jean via a footbridge. 

Travelers say this museum gives you a great understanding of the region's past all the way up to present-day. They also highlight the Mucem's rooftop gardens, saying that the views from these vantages are some of the best. 

The Mucem is located right on the water, next to Fort Saint-Jean. It charges 9.50 euros (the equivalent of $11.60) for admission. If you purchased a City-Pass, your museum admission is covered. If you're visiting on the first Sunday of the month, you can take advantage of free admission. Combined museum admission and an hour and a half-long guided tour will cost you 14 euros (approximately $17). You can also rent a multimedia guide (available in five languages, including English) for an extra 3.50 euros (around $4.25). The museum's hours change seasonally, but generally, it welcomes visitors from 10 or 11 a.m. and closes between 6 and 8 p.m. On-site facilities include three bookshops and a rooftop restaurant. For more information, visit the Mucem's website

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