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Matisse Museum (Musée Matisse)
Matisse Museum (Musée Matisse)

Matisse Museum (Musée Matisse)

164 ave des Arenes de Cimiez, Arenes, 06000

The Basics

The permanent collection at the Matisse Museum is small but mighty, with notable pieces includingLes Abeilles,Fleurs et Fruits, and some of his signature paper cutouts. The building itself—the grand 17th-century Genoese Villa des Arènes—is a work of art and is close to Matisse's old home at the Hotel Regina.

Because of its small size, the Matisse Museum is best experienced as part of a French Riviera sightseeing tour or a Nice art tour, which likely includes stops at the Chagall Museum and the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.

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Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Nice Small-Group
Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Nice Small-Group
$98.09 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fred Is Great
Our guide/driver, Fred, was great. Lots of historical facts and insights during the drive. A comfortable van. The right amount of time at each of the venues.
ERIC_L, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Nice

star-4
Good Tour but not enought time
Des_W, Oct 2019
Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Nice Small-Group
Tour was good except there was not enough time at each of the stops, especially at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Needed at least another half hour at the Villa de Rothschild to see the magnificent gardedns.
star-5
Tour review of Museums and Villa Ephrussi
Camper34700987680, Jun 2019
Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Nice Small-Group
Fantastic guide who went out of her way to make it an exceptional experience. Matisse Museum included many flights of stairs and not recommended for those with walking impairments.
star-4
Nice Tour
Loretta_P, Oct 2018
Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Nice Small-Group
The Chagall Museum was interesting as it displayed some of his largest works.The Villa Ephrussi was absolutely stunning. Besides the villa and gardens, the views were wonderful. The one disappointment was that the Matisse Museum was closed, and this should have been pre-determined before we started the tour. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Overall, a wonderful experience.
star-5
the day trip was fantastic. The tour...
Iza, Oct 2013
Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Nice Small-Group
the day trip was fantastic. The tour guide was very nice, friendly and very informative. it was such a great memorable day. But i must say i was disappointing with Matisse Museum. there was not enough of his painting but a lot of fast portrait drawings and his gouache cut outs. But i'm glad that i have been and see it.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entrance ticket is good for all municipal museums.

  • Only some information is in English; visit with a guide for the best translations.

  • Expect to spend roughly 90 minutes exploring the collection and gift shop.

  • Though there is a large staircase without a railing, an elevator provides accessibility.

  • Backpacks and other large bags are not allowed.

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How to Get There

Located on the grand Avenue des Arenes de Cimiez in the hills overlooking Nice, the museum is best accessed by bus. Catch the 15, 17, 20, or 25 from the Nice central bus station (just outside of Old Town) to the Les Arenes/Musée stop.

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When to Get There

The museum is open year-round from 11am to 6pm and opens at 10am during the high season from mid-June through mid-October. It is closed on Tuesdays and public holidays. Check in advance for a regular calendar of special workshops for children and adults alike.

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Artists’ Residencies

Provence was once the home to a number of France's greatest painters, including Marc Chagall, who enjoyed the warm weather and good light of Southern France.

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