Art & History
The Museums and Galleries in Nice

Here we introduce you to the varied collection of museums and galleries in

and around Nice and the region.

 

 

Matisse Museum
Municipal Museum of Nice

 

164 Av des Arenes de Cimiez, 06000 Nice, +33 (0) 4 93810808

www.musee-matisse-nice.org

 

In a fully renovated Genoese villa set in the calm 2000-year-old olive grove in the Cimiez Gardens, this museum follows the artistic development of the painter who came to Nice in 1917 to cure his bronchitis till his death in 1954. Matisse’s grave is also to be found in the Cimiez Cemetery.

Since already up on Cimiez, check out the ruins of s Roman Amphitheater located to the right at the main entrance and ancient Franciscan Monastery with breathtaking Italian-style gardens and a small Friar’s museum in the church, especially the room devoted to the Shroud of Turin.

 

Opening Hours: 10.00-18.00 (summer), 11.00-18.00 (winter) Closed every Tuesday

 

Admission Fee:   Adults €10

 

Guided tours available for €6 every Monday, Thursday and Friday at 3.30 pm in English, German, Italian and French

 

How to get there:

Bus number 5  leaving from the bus stop called Alberti/Gioffredo located on 49 Rue Gioffredo or bus number 33 leaving from Promenade des Arts located at the back entrance of supermarket Monoprix on Place Garibaldi. Hop off at the stop called Arenes/Musee Matisse.

If you want to combine your visit of Matisse’s museum with the Chagall Museum, walk out of Cimiez gardens, pass former hotel Regina, walk 15 minutes downhill Boulevard Cimiez or take bus number 5 direction Nice for 6 stops.

 

National Museum Marc Chagall

 

 

 

Av Docteur Ménard, 06000 Nice, +33 (0) 4 93538720

www.en.musees-nationaux-alpesmaritimes.fr

 

Over 400 paintings, gouaches, drawings and pastels, essentially his works inspired by religion, make up the biggest permanent public collection of works by Marc Chagall. Created during his lifetime, Chagall himself provided detailed instructions about the creation of the garden by Henri Fish, and decided the place of each of his works in the museum. The museum contains a series of large paintings illustrating the first two chapters of the Bible, Genesis and Exodus, Song of Songs and Old Testament Book.

 

Opening Hours: 10.00-18.00 (May to October), 10.00-17.00 (November to April) Closed every Tuesday

 

Admission Fee:    Adults €9, only €7 on Sundays. Free for everyone on the first Sunday of each month

 

Guided Tours available only in French

 

How to get there – Bus number 5 from Alberti/Gioffredo stop located on 49 Rue Gioffredo. Hope of at the Musee Chagall stop.

 

 

Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art Nice (MAMAC)
Municipal Museum of Nice

 

Place Yves Klein, 0600 Nice

www.mamac-nice.org

 

 

A museum focusing on the history of the European and American avant-garde movement from the beginning of the 1960’s to the present day.

MAMAC entertains visitors with both fixed and changing exhibitions.

Opening Hours: 10.00-18.00 (all year round) – Closed every Monday

Admission Fee:  Adults €10

Guided Tours available for €6 every Friday at 15.00

How to get there – Only few minutes’ walk from the Old Town, head towards place Garibaldi following the tram line. Turn left just after the supermarket Monoprix.

 

 

Museum of Fine Arts Nice (Musée des Beaux Arts)
Municipal Museum of Nice

 

33 Avenue des Baumettes, 0600 Nice, +33 (0) 4 92152828

www.musee-beaux-arts-nice.org

 

Opening Hours: 10.00-18.00 – Closed every Monday

Admission Fee:  Adults €10

Guided Tours available only in French every Wednesday at 15.00 for €6

How to get there – Take tram line 2 and hop off at the stop called Fabron.

 

 

Palais Lascaris Old Town Nice
Municipal Museum of Nice

 

15 Rue Droite, 06300 Nice, +33 (0) 4 93627240

www.nice.fr/fr/culture/musees-et-galeries

 

This baroque style “palace” was built in the early 1600’s and shows its visitors what the Vieux Nice used to be like (at least for the richest family in the town that has built it). Currently it holds over 500 musical instruments including pocket sized violins and exquisite 18th century pianos. There is an apothecary’s shop on the ground floor and apartments occupy the first floor.

Opening Hours: 11.00-18.00 / 10.00-18.00 (23 June-15 October) – Closed every Tuesday

Admission Fee:  Adults €10

Guided Tours available only in French every Friday at 15.00 for €6

How to get there – From the fountain at Rossetti Square walk up Rue Rossetti toward the Chateau, turn left at Rue Droite and the museum will be on your left, house number 15.

 

 

Museum of Photography Charles Negro
Municipal Museum of Nice

 

1 Place Pierre Gautier, Old Town Nice, +33 (0) 4 97134220

http://museephotographie.nice.fr/

 

Newly established in the heart of Old Nice, the museum offers temporary monographic exhibitions of the biggest names in photography or thematic shows presenting all trends, from old photography to digital images.

One of the missions of this institution is to collect a photographic collection on Nice and its region, through research of ancient documents. Check for the temporary exhibitions on their website.

Opening Hours: 11.00 – 18.00 / 10.00 – 18.00 (23rd June – 15th October)

Admission Fee: €10

How to get there – Located in the heart of the old town next to the Cours Saleya (flower and fruit market).

 

 

Other Interesting (and free) Museums in Nice

 

 

Archaeological Museum of Terra Amata and Cimiez

25 Blvd. Carnot, 06300 Nice (Port).

The Terra Amata Museum of Human Paleontology is located on the east side of the Port of Nice.

The permanent collection of the museum consists of archaeological findings such as tools, hearths, bones of the hunted animals, all these are displayed to provide an image of the life of the prehistoric inhabitants of the place. One of the sections of the museum is dedicated to hosting sundry temporary exhibitions.

Opened from 11.00-18.00 (10.00-18.00 between 23/06-15/10), closed Mondays. Free entry!

 

 

 

Natural History Museum

60 Blvd. Risso, 06300 Nice

The Museum of Natural History of Nice was founded in 1846 by the grace of Jean Baptiste Barla and Jean Baptiste Verany. As it seems, it is one of the oldest museums in Nice, and a must-visit for all people who harbor at least a faint interest in natural history.

Opened from 11.00-18.00 (10.00-18.00 between 23/06-15/10), closed Mondays. Free entry!

 

 

 

Anatole Jakovsky International Naive Art Museum

Chateau Saints Helene, Avenue de Fabron 06200 Nice

The 600-item collection once owned by Anatole Jakovsky (art critic) is now the patrimony of the museum, and it consists of sculptures, paintings, drawings by Rimbert, Bauchant, Bombois, Vivin, Rousseau, Peyronnet. The collection is meant to present the history of naïve art as from the 18th century until now, featuring works of both national and international artists.

Opened from 11.00-18.00 (10.00-18.00 between 23/06-15/10), closed Tuesdays. Free entry!

 

 

Museums Outside of Nice

 

 

Picasso Museum Antibes

Chateau Grimaldi, Old Town Antibes, +33 (0) 4 92905428

www.antibes-juanlespins.com/culture/musee-picasso

 

Works created by Pablo Picasso during his stay in Antibes in 1946 reflect the light and love of the seaside town and revival of the painter’s spirits during this intense period of happiness in his life.

 

Opening Hours: 10.00-18.00 (June 15th – September 15th) plus late openings till 20.00

 

On Tuesdays and Fridays in July and August 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00 in the winter

Closed every Monday

 

Admission Fee: Adults €6 – Free days – The first full week in November (closed Monday) – The first full week in February (closed Monday)

 

How to get there – Train from Nice Gare Thiers or bus number 200 from the stop Parc Phoenix (connection with tram line 2).

 

Fondation Maeght Saint Paul de Vence

623 Chemin des Gardettes, 06570 Saint Paul de Vence, +33 (0) 4 93324596

www.fondation-maeght.com

 

Open all year round, Maeght Fondation welcomes 200 000 visitors a year in a unique architectural complex that contains one of the biggest 20th century art collections in Europe (both inside and throughout the gardens) including Miró, Calder, Léger, Braque, Giacometti, Chagall and many others.

 

Opening Hours: 10.00-19.00 (July-September) – 10.00-18.00 (October-June) – Closed on public holidays

 

Admission Fee:   Adults €15 (the most expensive museum on the Riviera)

 

Guided Tours available in English, French and Russian every Saturday at 10.30 or 15.00 for 10 EUR

 

How to get there – Bus number 400 from the bus stop Parc Phoenix (connection with tram line 2).

 

Renoir Museum Cagnes Sur Mer

19 Chemin des Collettes, 06800 Cagnes Sur Mer, +33 (0) 4 93206107

 

The Renoir Museum is a lucky find to any arts lover weather you are into Impressionism or not. This was Auguste Renoir’s family home estate that welcomes you with ancient olive trees and breathtaking panorama all the way to Cap d’Antibes.

 

Museum gives a very intimate feeling and a personal view of artist’s life with 14 original paintings, sculptures and furniture. You can even look at his studio and see his brushes and the colors that were last on his pallet.

 

Opening Hours: 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00 Spring (April-May) – 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00 Summer (June-September) – 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00 Winter (October-March) – Closed every Tuesday

 

Admission Fee:  Adults above 26 years €6, Free for those under 26

 

Guided Tours are available but please contact the museum for details by phone or by email to

mailto:musees-cagnes@orange.fr

 

How to get there – Train from Nice Gare Thiers or bus number 200 from the bus stop Parc Phoenix  (connection with tram line 2).

 

The International Perfume Museum, Grasse

 

Boulevard du Jeu de Ballon, 06130 Grasse

www.museesdegrasse.com

 

Founded in 1989, The International Perfume Museum, the only museum of its kind in the world, is in the iconic town of Grasse, the birthplace of luxury perfumes of which France was the initiator. Dedicated to one of the most prestigious traditional French activities, the International Perfume Museum is a public institution labelled “Museum of France” allowing visitors to discover the history and uniqueness of the profession of manufacturers and large perfumery houses. Rose centifolia, jasmine, tuberose, lavender, geranium, juniper, orange blossom etc.; perfumes are born from plants, here or elsewhere. In the unique setting of the International Perfume Museum’s Gardens, visitors can discover and smell the species that have provided valuable raw materials for perfumery for centuries.

 

Opening Hours: 10.00-19.00 (May-Septembers) – 10.00-17.30 (October-April) – Closed on public holidays

 

Admission Fee:  €4 The International Perfume Museum / €4 The Gardens / €2 Museum of the Art and History of Provence – Guided Tours available free of charge (90min).

 

How to get there – With up to 12 departures a day from Nice main train station, Gare Thiers, taking a train is the best option. The journey takes about an hour and half and the ticket costs €10.40 one way.

 

If you want to save some pennies, opt for the bus number 500 that costs €1.50 one way. The journey takes around an hour and forty five minutes. Your bus leaves from the bus stop called Parc Phoenix (connection with tram line 2).

 

Jean Cocteau Museum, Menton

2 Quai de Monleon, 06500 Menton, +33 (0) 4 89815250

www.museecocteaumenton.fr

 

Opening Hours:   10.00-18.00 – Closed every Tuesday

 

Admission Fee:    Adults €6 – ticket includes entry into the Jean Cocteau Bastion Museum – Free first Sunday of each month.

 

Guided Tours are available only in French every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday at 14.30 for €6

 

How to get there – Bus number 100 from Port Nice (takes about 90 min) or Train from Gare Thiers Nice (takes about 50 min)

 

 

*MULTIPLY ENTRY PASSES FOR MUNICIPAL MUSEUMS IN NICE

 

24 HOUR INDIVIDUAL TICKET €10

Access to all municipal museums and galleries for 24 Hours.

7 DAYS PASS €20

The best value around for any museum enthusiast! Access to all 14 municipal museums and galleries for a full week at your own pace. Please note that the Chagall museum is not included. Check the details on the official website of Nice Tourisme

Be aware that the museums are closed on public holidays and certain day a week (we have listed those days in our listings of museums).

 

 

FRENCH RIVIERA PASS

Is the “city card” that provides you with the free entrance to the main sights, activities and attractions in Nice and on French Riviera such as free Hop on Hop off bus, trip on the little tourist train, free 30 min Segway ride on the prom, plus several advantages and reductions when shopping. Buy online or from the Tourist Office, check details on www.en.frenchrivierapass.com

24 HOUR PASS = €26

48 HOUR PASS = €38

72 HOUR PASS = €56

 

 

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