The Matisse Museum Nice (also called the Musee Matisse) is one of the cultural treasures in this historic French Riviera community. The sunny days, blue skies, and beaches have long inspirited artists, even before the Romans laid their first road. Henri Matisse lived in Nice for decades during his later years from 1917 until he died in 1954. The Musee Matisse, perched on a hill close to the Cimiez Monastery, preserves the home where the French artist lived, the former Villa des Arenes.
The first Matisse Museum exhibits opened in 1963, displaying many of the works the painter and his family bequeathed to the city of Nice. Over the course of its history, the collection has grown and expanded, representing all eras of his career. While Matisse is best known as a painter, he also created sculptures, illustrated books, engravings, and drawings. The collection also includes personal artifacts and papers, helping to provide a complete picture of the man and his work.
After strolling throughout Musee Matisse, you'll feel like you've spent time in the company of a master. His personality and the particular charm of Nice really come through the paintings and sculptures you see in one of the most charming museums in the entire city. The exhibits are spread throughout the villa and the modern wing, added in 1993. In total, the Matisse Museum Nice can create the exhibits from its collection of 68 paintings and intricate paper cut-outs and more than 200 drawings. Visitors also have the chance to see personal photographs and illustrated books. A wide range of temporary exhibits complement the permanent displays.
You can add a visit to the Matisse Museum Nice to your vacation plans, no matter when you visit this coastal community. Open year-round, with the exception of Tuesdays and a few major holidays, the museum is free to visit. Guided tours, which are available for a small additional fee, offer a chance to look deeper into the Matisse Museum exhibits and hear the story of the artist's time in Nice spent along the Promenade des Anglais.