For 4 euros (2 for students!), you won’t find a better value in a museum. The Matisse museum is set up in the hills of Nice and offers not only many fantastic works by the artist but a great view of the city too.
Matisse himself donated some of the work found in the museum, as he spent his last years in Nice. There are several hundred objects total, many of them paintings and sculptures, but there are also drawings and photos. The works here span Matisse’s entire life, and a large portion of them are chronologically arranged. Prior to visiting the museum, I was not a huge fan of Matisse, so I cannot say which of the works is his most famous, but all of them are quite stunning!
The building itself is also a work of art. The building is set on a beautiful villa, and the red exterior attracted my eye immediately. Inside, the Matisse museum is bright and airy, with hardwood floors throughout, and several open levels to explore. The gift shop is located on the lower level, away from any of his work, so it does not detract from the atmosphere a bit.
The museum is open every day except Tuesdays–-hours are 10am to 6pm. From central Nice, it is a 20- to 30-minute walk, but it is mostly uphill. Taking the bus is an easy option. For more information, head to the Matisse Museum website for collection information.