Matisse Museum (Musée Matisse) Tours

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Art lovers shouldn’t miss the Matisse Museum (Musée Matisse), an homage to the life and work of Nice’s hometown art hero and world-renowned French painter Henri Matisse. Though small, the museum provides detailed information about Matisse’s life and examines the evolution of his work through key sketches, paintings, and sculptures.
 
The Basics
The permanent collection at the Matisse Museum is small but mighty, with notable pieces including Les 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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.

Location
Address: 164 ave des Arenes de Cimiez, Arenes 06000, France
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Explore Nice’s highlights on this pedicab tour with commentary from a guide. It’s the perfect way to see Nice in a limited time, and it takes the stress out of navigating. You’ll tour the narrow streets in the Old Town, and access places that can’t be reached by public transport. Potential highlights (depending on duration of tour) include the Justice Palace, Garibaldi Square, and the Flower Market. 
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Nice Le Grand Tour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

This Nice bus tour lets you enjoy all the benefits of a guided tour—including hassle-free transport and on-board audio commentary—and still explore the sights at your own pace. Tickets are valid for 24 or 48 hours, so you can hop on and off at attractions such as the Promenade des Anglais, Mont Boron, and the Matisse Museum, or stay on-board and take in the views aboard an open-top double-decker bus.
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Small-Group Arts Tour of the French Riviera from Monaco

Delve into the artistic side of the French Riviera on this half-day tour from Monaco. Visit Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to see the porcelain collection at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its magnificent gardens outside. Spend time in Nice, where you'll see the biblical scenes painted by Marc Chagall at the Chagall Museum in the Cimiez neighborhood. Enjoy the collection of Henri Matisse's work at Nice's Matisse Museum – the artist spent much of his life on the French Riviera. Group size is limited to eight people to ensure a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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See Nice’s amazing highlights on this 2-Hour E-Bike tour. Traveling by electric bike means you won’t get tired legs, and you’ll be able to see many more sites than if you were on a walking tour. Spend time outdoors in a small-group tour, and enjoy commentary from your guide about city hotspots such as the port, Castle Hill and Angel’s Bay. You’ll visit Florian candy factory, go to Massena Square, and much more.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Nice Art Tour: Chagall Museum, Matisse Museum and the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Dig into the cultural history of the French Riviera with a half-day art tour of Nice. Follow your knowledgeable guide to the Chagall Museum in Nice's Cimiez neighborhood for a tour, and then to the colorful Matisse Museum on Cimiez Hill. Finish your artistic tour with a stop at the luxurious Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in the town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
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Nice City Sightseeing Small Group Tour

See the highlights of the picturesque city of Nice during a small group tour by minivan. Discover the city through the Greek city to the Roman remains. Watch the beautiful people stroll along the seafront Promenade des Anglais. Tour both Old Town and New Town, and visit the city's Russian Cathedral. It will conclude by an exclusive aperitif in one of the most intriguing monuments of Nice, THE NEGRESCO.
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Private Day Trip to Nice and Monaco

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Private Nice Sightseeing Tour

Get an insider’s perspective on the many delights of Nice with a half-day private sightseeing tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and learn about the history of this French Riviera gem from your private guide while exploring highlights like the colorful Cours Saleya flower market, the Matisse Museum and the Russian Cathedral of Cimiez. Stroll past chic hotels on the seaside Promenade des Anglais and take in sweeping coastal views from Mt. Boron. Hotel pickup and drop-off in a minivan is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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