Admission is 3.20 Euros
Discounted rate is 2 Euros
The first sunday of each month
for students under 26
for all young people under 18
for disable persons
October to March
10am/1pm - 2pm/ 5pm
April to June & September
10am/ 1pm - 2pm/ 6pm
July & August
Wednesday until 9pm
June - July - August - September
1 January, 1 May, 1 & 11 November, 25 December
The castle at the summit of the Suquet hill was built around the 11th - 12th centuries.
I suppose that the name Castre derives from the Latin Castrum = fortified camp. The castle belonged to the abbey of the Lerins islands and had for main function to resist to the pirates.
Since 1952 the castle was transformed in a museum grouping various collections from Cannes' museums.
It is a combination of the ethnographic collections of the baron Lyklama of the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East but also of Oceania, the Indies, America, Australia plus, coming from the Musée des Beaux Arts de Cannes, regional archaeology objects and paintings from 16th to 20th c.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Monday.
From 10h to 13 h and 14h or 15h (June-August) to 17h - 19h depending of month.
Price: 3€. Free under 26 years old and 1st Sunday of month.
Château de la Castre is the centre of old Cannes and has been dominating the hill of le Suquet since around the 12th century. It was built by the monks of îles de Lérins who owned the land, and soon after its construction a town around the Château developed. Today, the structure houses a museum (Musée de la Castre) which displays ancient artefacts from all over the Mediterranean basin. The gardens around the museum offer unobstructed panoramic views of Cannes.
"Musee de la Castre" is a museum that shows the ancient history of Cannes and is situated in the castle on top of Mont Chevalier. The castle was created there by the munks of the "Iles de Lerin" (islands) to have a watchful eye over the harbour. In it a collection of archeological findings and etnografical stuff that two worldtravellers brought to Cannes. In the tower (Tour du Suquet) are roulating photografic expositions. from the top one has a splendid view over the bay and the "Iles de Lerins" (see my "Ile-Saint-Honorat" page)
The Romans started a castle on top of the hill, where now old Cannes is looking over the new world full of glitter and glamour. "Castrum Canois" the Romans named the town that settled around their fortifications and a fishermen's harbour soon was created in the bay. The hill, Mont Chevallier" offered the Romans a good defendable place along their traderoutes (by sea and over land) between Italy and Spain.
The Musee de la Castre is housed in a chateau and has a fantastic loacation on the top of a hill looking over the port.
It houses of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern antiquities.
Even if you decide not to go in, it is worth walking up to it to check out the view over Cannes.
An old medieval monastery converted into an art museum. Various sculptures, paintings, and musical instruments from around the world. A small collection of paintings from Cannes' past.