Fodor's Expert Review Musée Regards de Provence
This beautifully renovated 1948 architectural gem by Fernand Pouillon was once Marseille's station sanitaire, where every immigrant entering France was systematically "disinfected" to guard against epidemic. An absorbing 45-minute film (in English) and the intact machinery tell a fascinating story of Marseille as "gateway to the East." The museum's light-filled second-floor exhibition spaces house a permanent collection of 18th- to 20th-century paintings depicting Provence and the Mediterranean Sea, as well as a revolving series of temporary exhibitions by contemporary painters. There's also a lovely boutique. The museum café (open until 7) has some of the best views of the redeveloped new port and is a great place for a gourmet lunch, a light snack on the terrace, or a restorative beverage.