Among all the museums and galleries that the city of Nice has to offer, the Nice walking tour has selected 5 museums that you must visit during your stay in Nice: museums that will allow you to discover Nice from different angles, with the Villa Masséna for example, or dedicated to emblematic artists of the region, such as Chagall and Matisse. Above all, they are all popular with locals and tourists alike.
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC)
At the end of the Promenade du Paillon in the direction of the Nice Acropolis Convention Centre, this imposing building raises its grey walls to form one of the most beautiful modern buildings in Nice. Inside, discover the permanent collection that traces the history of art from 1950 to the present day, and temporary exhibitions.
Access easily from the start of the walking tour only 10 minutes away.
A stone’s throw from the ancient bullring of Cimiez, discover the magnificent villa housing the Matisse Museum. Dedicated to the famous painter Henri Matisse, who fell in love with the city of Nice and the French Riviera, this museum contains no less than 600 of his works. It is thus one of the most important world collections on Matisse.
The museum is located in the heart of a vast olive grove, a true haven of peace ideal for walking and relaxing after the visit.
20 minutes walk from the beginning of the walking tour at the Place Masséna.
This splendid 19th-century villa, a legacy of the Belle-Epoque and classified as a historical monument, has been the Masséna museum since 1921.
Just a few steps away from the start of the Nice walking tour, and Place Masséna, the museum presents the history of Nice from the French Revolution to the Second World War, including the Belle Epoque, which truly shaped modern Nice. You will leave with a clear understanding of the history of the beautiful city of Nice, and dazzled by the charm of the sumptuous building overlooking the Promenade des Anglais.
Museum of Fine Arts
Former villa whose construction was commissioned by the Russian princess Elisabeth Vassilievna Kotchoubey and her husband Léon Kotchoubey in 1878, it now houses the Nice Museum of Fine Arts on its two floors.
Discover a whole range of art history, from 16th-century artists such as Jan Brueghel the Elder to 20th-century impressionists and modernists such as Claude Monet or Marie Laurencin.
easy access from the beginning of the Nice walking tour only 20 min walk away, take the 38 towards “Baumettes” and stop at the “Alberti” and get off at the Musée Chéret.
Marc Chagall Museum
Inaugurated during the artist’s lifetime, in 1973, this museum, first named “Musée National du Message Biblique Marc Chagall” because of the mere presence of Chagall’s 17 paintings on the Bible, became “Musée National Marc Chagall” following the acquisition of many other works by the artist.
Discover the spiritual Matisse in this beautiful museum just a few minutes from downtown!
Also close from the start of the Nice walking tour you can take the bus 3,7 or 9.
If you wish to see the list of all the museums in Nice -> here.