The Musee Picasso celebrates one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. For several months in 1946, the artist lived and worked in Antibes France, a town on the Cote d'Azur just outside Nice. He first visited the Chateau Grimaldi, the same building that now houses the namesake museum, a year earlier in 1945. At that time, it was the Grimaldi Museum, which had just reopened after World War II. He enthusiastically accepted the invitation to the use the museum as a studio and workspace, creating 23 paintings of various media and a total of 44 works on paper while he was there.
Today, visitors can walk the same halls as Picasso did at the close of a turbulent chapter of French history. The Picasso Museum in Nice, which received its official and current name in 1966, has expanded in depth and scope ever since the artist painted his first work here. Now, the grouping of Picasso Museum paintings, carpets, and other treasures numbers 245 works in total.
The collection of Picasso Museum paintings also includes works by other artists as well, including a collection of sculptures by the Germaine Richier. Like the Matisse Museum, another French Riviera cultural institution, this one has a particularly strong collection of modern art. Special exhibits showcase both the work of Picasso and other significant names, some you may discover for the first time. The sculptures, located on the terrace, are on permanent display so you can see them whenever you visit.
If you're wondering when to go, you'll be delighted to know that the Picasso Museum in Nice France is open nearly every day of the year. It's only closed on the first of January, May, and November, as well as Christmas Day. If you visit the Musee Picasso in the summer, you'll have the chance to come late when the museum is open for extended hours on Wednesday and Friday evenings.
On select days, admission is free at the Musee Picasso, while on regular days, discounts are available for students, seniors, and large families. Combination tickets are available for other museums in town. The Napoleonic and Archaeology Museum both are a short walk away. Fort Carré offers amazing views of the Mediterranean and guided tours in French and English.