The Musée national du Sport, is, as its name states, a national sports museum. It was first opened in 1922 by the Minister of War, who at the time was also responsible for sports. The museum fell into disuse in the 1940s, but was reestablished in 1963 by the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports. The museum’s location changed a few times before finally being established in the Grand Stadium in Nice on June 27, 2014.
The museum covers sports from the 16th century all the way to today, and its collection contains more than 100,000 items, including sports equipment, paintings, sculptures, posters, drawings, philately, advertisements, books and magazines. There is also a collection dedicated to the history of the modern Olympics, from its beginnings in 1896 to the present.
The museum is located on Boulevard des Jardiniers easily accessible by train, at the Nice - St-Isidore station of the Chemin de Fer de Provence line, or bus, from lines 11 and 59. It can also be reached by car and there is free parking nearby. Children under 18 can visit the museum for free, while adults pay €6 to visit either the permanent exhibition or the temporary one, or €8 for both. Admission is free for all on the first Sunday of the month, from October to April.