10 of the Best Museums on the French Riviera

The French Riviera has over 40 museums with rich collections often set in picturesque locations overlooking manicured gardens, village squares or the sea.

From Belle Époque paintings to modern sculptures, visitors to the region will find enough cultural places of interest to entertain them for a day, week or longer.

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Musée Matisse in Cimiez, Nice

If you are planning on visiting a number of museums, look into the option to purchase a museum pass from the Tourism Offices – the Côte d’Azur Card has a good range of attractions and activities, or the Pass Musées de Nice offers access to Nice’s municipal museums including some of the smaller ones such as Terra Amata and Musée d’Art Naïf. NOTE: If you are a resident of Nice or the metropolitan area, you get free access to Nice’s municipal museums. You simply give I.D plus verification of your address and you are issued with the Pass which is valid for 3 years.

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Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins

The Best Museums on the French Riviera

For a cultural dose, click on the article link here to find out who rates in the ‘Top 10 Museums on the French Riviera’.

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Monaco Oceanarium is a natural history museum- aquarium

Other great museums I like (not included on this list above) are:

Musée des Merveilles at Tende

Musée Bonnard in Le Cannet

The National Sports Museum and Museum of Asiatic Arts, both in Nice

Férnand Léger Museum in Biot

Musée Volti at the Citadelle in Villefranche-sur-Mer

I hope you enjoy visiting these museums!  Don’t forget on the first Sunday of the month most museums have free entry too 🙂

 

Free museum entry for Nice residents

If you’re lucky enough to reside in Nice or one of the 49 communes of greater Nice (Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur) you are entitled to the pass ‘Pass Musées de Nice” that gives you free access to 14 of the city’s municipal museums and galleries.

Pass Musées de Nice - free entrance for Niçois and residents of the communes of Métropole Nice

Pass Musées de Nice – free entrance for Niçois and residents of the communes of Métropole Nice

To obtain one you need to show:

1)  A valid passport or national identity card and

2)  Verification of your address (dated less than 3 months)

Take your 2 verifications to the reception at any museum or municipal gallery where you will be issued a pass. The pass is valid for all residents over 18 years of age, and is valid for 3 years.  (Children and under 18 years of age are free anyway).

The list of the 49 communes can be found here: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9tropole_Nice_C%C3%B4te_d’Azur

Communes of Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur

Communes of Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur