Marseille, a town rich with 2600 years of history
Marseille, gate to the Mediterranean Sea
Marseille and its light, source of inspiration for artists
On behalf of the French Federation of Friends of Museums-FFSAM, I am proud to host the 2022 General Assembly of the World Federation of Friends of Museums-WFFM in Marseilles.
Friends of the Mucem, Friends of the Marseilles Museums and the Borely Endowment Fund are very pleased to welcome you in the oldest and second largest city of France, founded by the Greeks in 600 B.C.
Marseilles has always been known as a harbour but you may be surprised to discover a multifaceted and unconventional city.
In thirty years, it has become one the most attractive Mediterranean waterfronts along the 25 km of its harbour.
The Calanques National Park created in 2012 is part of the city and is Europe’s largest National Park encompassing sea, land and peri-urban areas.
As the result of its avant-garde policy of sustainable water management, the city’s water is considered to be “the best water in France”.
Marseilles has developed an original approach to culture through many individual creative initiatives. it was designated European Capital of Culture in 2013 as a result of the building of the Mucem, the first museum devoted to Mediterranean cultures and by the expansion and renovation of most of its 21 museums.
The exhibitions and the cultural programs of the Mucem offer a multidisciplinary vision that combines anthropology, history, archaeology, art history and contemporary art to show the public the multiple facets of the Mediterranean world and its ongoing dialogue with Europe.
The Marseilles History Museum, adjoined to the archaeological site, one of the biggest history museums in Europe, spans twenty-six centuries of the city’s history.
Next June, in La Vieille Charité, a former 17th Century hospice, a new exhibition on the “migratory objects” will bring together the antique and the contemporary and remind us that Marseille was once a land of immigration.
We will be happy to welcome you on Thursday 2nd June to participate in the program which you can see on our website.
We will also provide information and advice on ways to extend your stay in Provence, and be welcomed wherever possible by museums curators and Friends, even in Paris if you stop there.
With best wishes
President of the French Federation of Friends of Museums
The organizers of the General Assembly
of Friends of Museums
The World Federation of Friends of Museums (WFFM) is an international non profit, non governmental organisation promoting the cooperation between societies of Friends of museums throughout the world, in order to enhance the value of museums and encourage the safeguard of our cultural heritage.
The WFFM holds its annual General Assembly and its triennial Congress in a different city of the World every year where all its Members may meet, exchange ideas and share best practices.
The WFFM encourages and develops Young Friend’s movement within the Federation to include new generations in its thoughts and actions and to prepare the future of Friends of Museums.
Fédération Française des Sociétés d’Amis de Musées
The French Federation of Friends of Museums, today brings together 300 associations of friends of museums which contribute to the cultural and arts education of citizens through educational actions (conferences, art history courses, visits, workshops for young people) and philanthropic ones (museum donations, art restoration).
These associations, with very various profiles (small ones or associations bringing together several thousand members) support fine arts museums, as well as natural history museums, ecomuseums, social museums or science and technology museums.
Society of Friends of the Mucem Marseilles
The Société des Amis du Mucem (Society of Friends of the Mucem) has been working alongside the Mucem, since the project’s inception.
The association actively contributes to reinforcing the reputation of the Mucem, already part of the prestigious lineage of internationally-renowned French institutions, by supporting its cultural development and enhancing the visibility of its collections.