Musée Matisse

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by roza4 on February 15, 2001

Open to the public daily except Tuesdays and certain public holidays (1 January, 1 May and Christmas Day). Opening times: 1 October - 31st March: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m; 1 April - 30 September: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
phone: (33)493810808

If you love Matisse, you have to visit this museum. To get to the museum you have to get to the Cimiez, the area of Nice that is famous as the place of the ancient ruins that date back to the Roman times. The museum itself is located in a building that was built in 17th century and used to be a Genoese villa. We parked near the church with Gothic features and walked through the park to the museum. The entrance is through the new wing that is a recent addition, if you are facing the museum the entrance is to the right down the stairs. The museum has a large collection of Matisse's paintings. This is probably the only place where you can see the whole "Jazz" series. Unfortunately the paintings are behind the glass and taking pictures is not allowed. But if you want to have a memory, go to the lower level book store. They have a huge number of books on art including the "Jazz" published in New York (weird!). The villa has 2 floors that exhibit permanent collection from the period when Matisse lived in Nice (1917-1954). Here you can find some of the most well known paintings of his. Part of the collection if from heirs. One of the halls has several of the famous carpets with blue birds, sea life. I saw another one in Centre Pompidou in Paris, and yet another one is in National Gallery in Washington, DC. You can also see Matisse's sculptures which are pretty rare.

Musee Matisse de Nice
164, Avenue Des Arènes De Cimiez
Cimiez, France, 06000
+33 4 93 81 08 08

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