Marseille Soap Museum

Visiting hours

The Savonnerie du Midi offers you 2 free visits of its factory and its Museum from Monday to Friday, except on public holidays.

  • 1 hour guided tour in French
  • Monday afternoon to Friday
  • Visits at fixed times (please come to the factory store 5 minutes before):
    • at 11:30 a.m. (no visit on Monday morning),
    • at 2:00 pm,
  • Free admission
  • Without reservation
  • Parking: park outside the plant
  • Access: BUS 30 direction La Savine, stop Cité des Arts de la Rue then 8 minutes on foot.
  • During school vacations (zone B only), 4 visits per day at 9:30 am, 11 am, 2 pm and 3:30 pm.

A unique tour awaits you inside our factory. You will have the privilege to enter the vats room, the drying and cubing workshop, to explore the cauldrons room, to discover our 300m2 museum dedicated to Marseille soap.


SAVONNERIE DU MIDI, 72 Rue Augustin Roux, 13015 Marseille | 04 91 60 54 04

A unique collection!

One of the most beautiful private collections of Marseille soaps is on display. It belongs to Josette and Vittorio Quittard, two Marseilles residents who have been passionate about the history of Marseille soap for 20 years and who have initiated the production of two films, a book and 93 exhibitions.

Photographs, vats, old soaps, advertisements, stamps, washing boards, beaters... a total of nearly 250 objects of all kinds are on display in three spaces.

Built around the cauldron room, the heart of the factory, the Museum also allows visitors to discover the saponification process and offers a complete tour of the factory, to better understand the different stages of the Marseilles process.

The teams that participated in this project are diverse but they all have one thing in common, their local and territorial roots.

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An exceptional place!

Located on the Aix/Marseille motorway, 10 minutes from Gate 4 of the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille, in the 15th arrondissement, the Marseille Soap Museum offers a unique tour inside the Savonnerie du Midi factory.

Discover a museum space inaugurated in December 2018, born of an educational as well as territorial and tourist desire!

This tour has been set up in one of the last historical soap factories in the region. You will discover the history of Marseille soap, its traditional manufacturing process, perpetuated in the factory, its uses of yesteryear but also its territorial anchorage and its industrial context.

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Free access without reservation for the European Heritage Days!

Visit us

La Savonnerie du Midi, 72 Rue Augustin Roux - 13015 Marseille
Telephone: +33 (0) 4 91 60 54 04
Contact us by mail
By car : From Aix-en-Provence: A7 motorway, exit 33 Les Aygalades.
From Marseille: A7 motorway, exit 34 Sainte Marthe-Les Arnavaux. Parking outside the factory.
Public transport Bus 30 - Stop Cité des Arts et de la Rue