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Key Info

164 Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez

Price & Hours

10 euros (around $12); tours cost 6 euros (aro...
Weds-Mon 10 or 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.5

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Visitors primarily appreciate the aesthetics of Musée Matisse, an airy 17th-century villa, as well as the works it houses. Though the museum is small, it offers a dynamic overview of the artist's early works, according to past visitors. Here you'll find drawings, prints, sculptures and other personal artifacts that once belonged to the artist. Keep in mind: Some of the informational placards at the museum are only in French, so you may want to read up on the artist beforehand. Another gripe with reviewers: There isn't much nearby in the way of shopping or restaurants, so don't come hungry.

Located in northern Nice, the museum is best accessed via bus Nos. 15, 17, 20 and 25. Tickets cost 10 euros (around $12) for a 24-hour pass; tickets for guided tours cost 6 euros (around $7.50). The Musée Matisse is open Wednesday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from late June to early October and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the rest of the year. For more information, visit the museum's official website.

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You'll likely pass by Place Masséna, the city's main square, several times while in Nice thanks to its central location. With the seafront to the south, the shopping street Avenue Jean Médecin jutting off to the north, and the lovely Albert I and Massena gardens surrounding it, you can walk to it from virtually anywhere in the small city.

Recent travelers highlighted Place Masséna as an idyllic location to snap your photos, with a hypnotic tilework, illuminated display fountains and seven famous statues to serve as memorable backdrops. Reviewers also recommended stopping by at various hours of the day to see how the square changes with the rising and setting sun. The square is free to visit 24/7.

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