Museums in Nice

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Nice is known for its easy-going coastal pace and beautiful scenery, but there are several Nice museums which are well worth visiting. Visitors should keep in mind that most of the museums are closed on Tuesdays.

Matisse Museum and Cimiez

Perhaps the best known Nice museum, the Matisse Museum, is located on the hill of Cimiez. It is near the Roman amphitheater and where the artist once resided. The museum houses Matisse's own personal collection as well as temporary exhibits. It is located in an olive garden and park, and the setting is just as magical as the artwork.

The area around Nice was once part of the Roman empire, and ruins remain throughout the city. The amphitheater, public baths, and paved streets are found in Cimiez. The Archaeology Museum of Nice--Cimiez--displays some of the objects found over the centuries leading up to the Dark Ages.

In the same block is the Franciscan Museum, Church, and Monastery which displays exhibits representing the life of Franciscan monks from the 13th to the 18th century. It is closed on Sundays.

On the way up the hill to Cimiez, and not far from the Matisse Museum, is the Marc Chagall National Biblical Message Museum. The museum displays a small but unique collection of Bible-themed murals, sculptures, and stained glass by painter Marc Chagall.

Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History was the first official Nice museum, opening in 1863. It displays artifacts from around the world and focuses on preserving the natural environment.

Museum of Art and History

This museum offers both a setting and a collection worth seeing. Facing the Mediterranean, the Villa Massena has period furnishings and decorations in each room. The museum highlights the era of Napoleon through the 1930s.

Musee de Beaux Arts

The fine arts museum displays paintings from the 17th through 19th centuries. The museum is located in a former private home. Unlike most other Nice museums, the Musee is closed on Mondays.

Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art

Located on the Promenade des Arts, the Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art displays art since the 1960s. The views of Nice and the Mediterranean from the museum's roof garden are not to be missed.

Asian Arts Museum

The newer Asian Arts Museum has an interesting and modern architectural style. It is located in the Parc Phoenix at the western edge of the Promenade des Anglais.

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Palais Lascaris

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The baroque Palais Lascaris in the city's historic core is intimately linked to the Lascaris-Vintimille family, whose recorded history predates the year 1261. Built in the 17th century, it contains elaborately detailed ornaments. An intensive restoration undertaken by the city of Nice in 1946 brought back its original beauty, and the palace is now classified as a historic monument. The most elaborate floor is the étage noble, retaining many of its 18th-century panels and plaster embellishments. A circa-1738 pharmacy, complete with many of the original Delftware accessories, is more..

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Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain

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address:Promenade des Arts
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openingHours:10am-6pm, closed on Mondays
url:www.mamac-nice.org
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Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

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address:r France 65
tel:04.93.88.06.22

Musée Alexis et Gustave-Adolf Mossa

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address:quai Etats Unis 59
tel:04.93.62.37.11

Musée de Paléontologie Humaine de Terra-Amata

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address:bd Carnot 25
tel:04.93.55.59.93

Musée International d'Art Naif

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This museum is housed in the beautifully restored Château Ste-Hélène in the Fabron district. The collection was once owned by the namesake of the museum, for years one of the world's leading art critics. His 600 drawings and canvases were turned over to the institution and made accessible to the public. Artists from more than two dozen countries are represented here--from primitive painting to contemporary 20th-century works

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address:Chateau Ste Hélène av Val Marie
tel:04.93.71.78.33

Musée Archéologique de Cimiez

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address:av Arenes de Cimiez
tel:04.93.81.59.57

Musée de la Marine

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address:pl Mai 8
tel:04.93.80.47.61

Musée des Beaux Arts Jules Chéret

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The collection is housed in the former residence of the Ukrainian Princess Kotchubey. There's an important gallery devoted to the masters of the Second Empire and belle époque, with an extensive collection of the 19th-century French experts. The gallery of sculptures includes works by J. B. Carpeaux, Rude, and Rodin. Note the important collection by a dynasty of painters, the Dutch Vanloo family. One of its best-known members, Carle Vanloo, born in Nice in 1705, was Louis XV's premier peintre. A fine collection of 19th- and 20th-century art is displayed, including works by Ziem, more..

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address: av Baumettes 33
tel:04.92.15.28.28

Musée du Vieux Logis

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address:av St Bathelemy 59
tel:04.93.84.44.74

Musée Dufy

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address:quai Etats Unis 77
tel:04.93.62.31.24
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