When to get free entry at French Riviera museums/historical sites – Les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine 2014

Every year in France there is a fantastic initiative called the European Heritage Days (Les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine) and the theme of these days is ‘cultural and natural heritage’.

This year the days are held on the weekend of Saturday 20 September – Sunday 21 September 2014, and it gives residents and tourists the opportunity to access many historical, cultural and architectural sites for no entrance fee.

Here are some of the participants in 2014 across the French Riviera:


  • Archaeology Museum, Fort Carré, Peynet Museum, Picasso Museum
Fort Carré, Antibes (image: beyond.fr)

Fort Carré, Antibes (image: beyond.fr)


  • Château Grimaldi, Musée Renoir
Musée Renoir, Cagnes-sur-Mer

Musée Renoir, Cagnes-sur-Mer


  • Abbaye de Lérins (Ile Saint-Honorat), La Malmaison art centre, Musée de la Castre (Le Suquet), Musée de la Mer (Ile St-Marguerite)


  • Grotte du Lazaret archaeological site (guided talks), MAMAC art gallery, Matisse Museum
Matisse Museum, Nice (image: destination360)

Matisse Museum, Nice (image: destination360)


  • Saorge monastery

Villeneuve Loubet

  • Medieval fortress (guided tours)

**Transport note:  In conjunction with the Heritage Days, various companies are offering free or reduced tickets for travel exclusively on the Saturday 20 September including:

Free bus travel all day in Antibes on Envibus routes

€5 unlimited travel train tickets on the TER network on the French Riviera coast (for example, a return ticket Juan les Pins to Monaco is approximately €15, or a ZOU! daily pass is usually €15 until 30 September so make use of this deal!)

See here for transport offers:  http://www.journeedutransportpublic.fr/carte-des-participants

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