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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
US$100.72 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.
erl5339, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Nice

star-5
An excellent tour, both fun and...
saraallardice, Jul 2015
Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Nice Small-Group
An excellent tour, both fun and interesting. Lucy our guide was knowledgable and friendly she is an excellent driver. I took my elderly father on the trip and he loved it. When I visit him again in I shall definitely book another tour. The air conditioned minibus was very clean and comfortable. The whole experience felt like the most incredible treat.
star-4
Good Tour but not enought time
Barbara K, 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
The Matisse and Chagall museums were...
Joseph M, May 2015
Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Monaco Small-Group
The Matisse and Chagall museums were interesting and the Rothschild Villa was unbelievable. Well worth the time. You also have a nice ride through southern France.
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-5
The tour guide was very friendly...
Arishna N, Aug 2015
Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Monaco Small-Group
The tour guide was very friendly, knowledgeable, accommodative to all picture moments needs. Over all great experience.
star-4
Nice Tour
joannetulini, 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.
star-5
Wonderful trip, made all the better...
Garry H, Jun 2016
Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Nice Small-Group
Wonderful trip, made all the better by our guide Camille. She was excellent. The Villa and Gardens were the highlights for us. The Villa was beautiful, but the garden and views are breathtaking. Although we do not appreciate so much modern art we did think that for fans of Chagall and Matisse the museums were extremely well laid out. Again a big thank you to Camille for such a wonderful trip.
star-5
We loved the house and gardens, it...
Karen G, Jan 2015
Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Monaco Small-Group
We loved the house and gardens, it was stunning and just the right size to look around and enjoy. Fantastic collections of porcelain and art.Highly recommended
star-5
The guide was excellent. The Matisse...
Thomas J, Aug 2015
Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Nice Small-Group
The guide was excellent. The Matisse collection is small but rather significant. Nice is lovely and it would have been better to spend more than 2 night there.
star-5
This was a great tour. Our driver...
Dolores D, Jun 2014
Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Monaco Small-Group
This was a great tour. Our driver, Oliver, was excellent. He told us about the area as we drove from Monte Carlo to Nice. We wish we had more time at the Chagall Museum (only 45 min.), we barely finished the audio tour. Oliver was very accommodating and drove us thru Massena Sq. and on a little bit of the Prom. des Anglises for atmosphere. The Rothschild's Mansions was an additional treat - beautiful gardens and views of the Mediterranean. All in all, a memorable tour at a great price. Convenient pick-up at the pier, on time visits to the museums and congenial guide. This was our 1st Viator - we'll be back!
star-4
Matisse Museum was somewhat...
Daniel, May 2015
Arts Tour to Chagall, Matisse and Rothschild Half-day from Nice Small-Group
Matisse Museum was somewhat disappointing. Chagall and Villa Ephrussi were both spectacular. Our guide was very friendly and a good driver. However, the content provided by our guide was somewhat thin--we might have enjoyed more information along the way.

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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