Nice & its museums
The Palais Masséna
The Palais Masséna, located on the Promenade des Anglais and adjoining the West End Hotel, is in fact a villa dating from the 19th century, completely refurbished in 2008.
It offers its visitors a chronological and thematic approach to the history of Nice from 1792 to 1939, as well as a large library on the history of the County of Nice, Provence, Savoy and Northern Italy.
Our Concierge’s advice: visit the gardens around the museum and come back at night, the architecture of this magnificent building is perfectly highlighted.
The Matisse Museum
In the heart of the Arènes de Cimiez park stands proudly the Matisse Museum, inaugurated in 1963.
Linked to the artist’s attachment to the city of Nice, where he produced most of his work, the museum offers an exceptional and unique collection of Henri Matisse’s work. Works and objects testifying to the artist’s career have been donated by himself and his heirs.
The MAMAC (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) opened on the 21st June 1990 is located in the heart of the city, near Place Garibaldi and the Promenade du Paillon. It is linked by the Promenade des Arts to the Théâtre National de Nice, also called TNN.
More than 1350 works by 350 artists make up the collection presented in the MAMAC. Two major figures of the 20th century are particularly honoured: Yves Klein and Niki de Saint Phalle.
Our Concierge’s advice: Don’t hesitate to go up to the roof, the view is spectacular.
The Fine Arts Jules Chéret Museum
It is in fact an old villa whose construction began in 1878.
In 1925, the city of Nice acquired it and transformed it into the Fine Arts Museum , also called the Palais des Arts Jules Cheret. The museum presents French paintings from the 19th and 20th, with works by Boudin, Monet, Guillaumin and Raoul Dufy.
Our Concierge’s advice: plan to travel there as the museum is far from the city centre.