Museums and galleries in Nice showcase everything from art to archaeological artefacts. You could explore artwork from masters like Matisse and Picasso, see displays of palaeolithic tools and wander the corridors of an opulent villa on your trip.

    Whether you’re looking for arts and culture or history and oddities, you could find it all in Nice. Check out the 10 best museums and galleries in Nice to plan your itinerary and see the best the city has to offer you.

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    Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

    Browse masterpieces of modern art

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    The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art houses a vast collection of modern and contemporary artwork spanning the late 1950s to the modern day. The museum is located near Place Garibaldi in Nice.

    The primary focus of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is avant-garde works, which encompass different movements and locations. Some of the highlights of the collection include American pop art from Lichtenstein and Warhol, the European New Realists like Raysse and Klein, and Art Povera, which features artists like Michelangelo Pistoletto. You’ll also see American minimalist and architectural artefacts.

    Location: Place Yves Klein, 06000 Nice, France

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +33 (0)4 97 13 42 01

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    Musée Archéologique de Nice-Cimiez

    Discover ancient Roman artefacts

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    The Musée Archéologique de Nice-Cimiez is a fascinating archaeology museum that displays artefacts related to the life of Cemenelum and the Alpes-Maritimes. Located east of the city centre, the museum features artefacts dating back to the Neolithic, antiquity and Middle Ages.

    When you visit, you can see an amphitheatre and baths that date back to the third century, ancient infrastructure and a fifth-century paleo-Christian complex. The museum also displays ceramics, coins, jewellery, sculptures, and tools from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages.

    Location: 160 Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez, 06000 Nice, France

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 81 59 57

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    Marc Chagall National Museum

    See works from a famous artist

    • History

    The Marc Chagall National Museum is a national museum dedicated to the artist's renowned religious paintings, sketches, sculptures, and stained glass. Located on Avenue Docteur Menard in Nice, the museum is home to a series of Chagall’s religious paintings that illustrated the books of Genesis, Exodus, and the Song of Songs.

    One of the unique features of the Marc Chagall National Museum is that Chagall himself provided input into its design and curation. He also helped design the garden and created a mosaic and stained glass for the museum. Other contributions from Chagall include early sketches, stained glass works, sculptures, and gouaches.

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    Location: Avenue Dr Ménard, 06000 Nice, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 53 87 20

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    Terra Amata Museum of Human Palaeontology

    Explore the origins of humanity

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    The Terra Amata Museum of Human Palaeontology is a museum on the archaeological site of the 400,000-year-old Terra Amata. Located on Mont Boron in Nice, the archaeological site revealed tools and shelters from the lower palaeolithic period. The museum is found nearby on the east side of the Port of Nice.

    Tools, animal bones, hearths and other archaeological artefacts are on display at the museum. Another significant find at Terra Amata was the early domestication of fire, an important development in human advancement.

    Location: 25 Boulevard Carnot, 06000 Nice, France

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 55 59 93

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    Musée National du Sport

    Explore the history of sports

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    Musée National du Sport is a national sports museum that showcases sports artefacts and memorabilia dating back to the 16th century. Located in the Grand Stadium of Nice, about 10 minutes from the city centre, the museum was established in 1922 by the French minister of war.

    The museum displays over 100,000 artefacts that document sporting events from the 16th century to the present day. One of the highlights is a collection celebrating the history of the modern Olympic Games. When you visit, you’ll see sporting equipment, sculptures, paintings, drawings, advertising, magazines, books, and stamps related to sports.

    Location: Stade Allianz Riviera, Boulevard des Jardiniers, 06200 Nice, France

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +33 (0)4 89 22 44 00

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    Museum of Photography Charles Nègre

    Discover history through photographs

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    The Museum of Photography Charles Nègre showcases the works of prominent photographers and trends in the industry. Located in the heart of Old Nice at Place Pierre Gautier, the museum favours photographs that tell the history of the city and the region.

    All types of photography are on display at the museum and its adjoining gallery, from vintage photography to newer digital formats. In total, the museum and gallery have a collection of over 1,700 images and 220 objects.

    Location: 1 Place Pierre Gautier, 06300 Nice, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 97 13 42 20

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    Massena Palace Museum of Art and History

    Wander an opulent, historic villa

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    Massena Palace Museum of Art and History is a spectacular museum on a villa on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The house-museum features formal manicured gardens that you can explore and vast natural grounds.

    Inside, you can see artefacts, artwork, and period furnishings from the Massena family, the former homeowners. On the second floor, you’ll find exhibits on Nice history from the 19th century, including militaria that predates World War II. One of the highlights is memorabilia from Napoleon and Josephine, including his death mask.

    Location: 65 Rue de France, 06000 Nice, France

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from 11 am to 6 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 91 19 10

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    Musée Matisse

    See the works of Henri Matisse

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    The Musée Matisse is a museum with an extensive collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs of Henri Matisse, a prominent French Fauvist artist. The museum is found within Villa des Arenes, a 17th-century villa in Cimiez in Nice.

    Matisse and his heirs donated many works to the museum, so it’s now home to 68 paintings and gouaches, over 200 drawings, over 200 prints, 57 sculptures, and nearly 100 photographs. You’ll also see nearly 200 personal objects of the artist, including ceramics, stained glass, and documents. Some of his more famous works showcased at the museum include ‘Woman Reading’, ‘Le Bonheur de Vivre, ‘Blue Nudes’ and ‘The Dessert: Harmony in Red’.

    Location: 164 Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez, 06000 Nice, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 81 08 08

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    Museum of Asian Arts

    Attend an Asian performing arts event

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    The Museum of Asian Arts is a modern museum that showcases the spectrum of Asian arts from antiquities to contemporary work. Located in Phoenix Park on Promenade des Anglais in Nice, the museum features all manner of Asian artwork, including performing, visual, and applied arts.

    While the museum’s fine-art collection is a highlight, many visitors enjoy experiencing the ‘Tea Ceremony’ on the Tea Pavilion. The Gestes d’Aste, or Asian Gestures, is a popular performing arts experience that features Asian artists. The museum also has a gallery with sundry items for purchase.

    Location: 405 Prom. des Anglais, 06200 Nice, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 89 04 55 20

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    Galerie Eva Vautier

    Shop for pieces from emerging artists

    The Galerie Eva Vautier is a lovely art gallery that promotes artist Eva Vaultier’s works and the works of emerging artists. Those showcased at the gallery also have an opportunity to present fellow artists. The gallery is located on Rue Vernier in Nice.

    In addition to the gallery, Galerie Eva Vautier has its own publishing house to produce limited-edition works from the represented artists. After looking through the gallery or attending an event, you can browse the publishing house and purchase some artwork as a souvenir. The gallery always has interesting events and exhibitions.

    Location: 2 Rue Vernier, 06000 Nice, France

    Open: Wednesday–Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 2 pm to 6 pm (closed Sunday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +33 (0)9 80 31 76 63

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