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Musée Matisse

Just a short walk from his final resting place, the Musée Matisse is housed in a grand seventeenth century villa. Isolated within the parkland around it, the museum is an arresting sight - a cube of terracotta red against a backdrop of green olive trees and dusty petanque grounds. The museum holds one of the greatest collections of the master's work in the world, and it pays respect to the man who spent much of his life in the city.

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Nov 30, 2015


The MATISSE Museum is located " Villa des arenes" in the Cimiez park just near the gallo-roman ruins.
This museum shows various works (paintings,sculptures,drawings..) from the artist who lived in Nice from 1917 to 1954.
Henri MATISSE is a major french artist of the early 20th century.
The chapel of the rosary considered by MATISSE as his masterpiece is located in VENCE.

Entrance is free .
closed: tuesday
Bus: main lines n° 15, 22 or 17 stop at : Arenes/Musée Matisse

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Mar 12, 2012

It's a Museum, nothing more and nothing less.

If you are a Henry Matisse fan then this is the place for you, and the location is great as well! The museum is located right by the Roman Ruins so you get the best of both worlds when visiting, kind of a two for one deal! From the train station its about a 20 minute walk so most people take a bus or taxi to get there, there is generally not a crowd so its a good place to get away from the madness for a few hours.

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Mar 26, 2008

Musee Matisse

Nice's own "Matisserie", fabulous collection of the masters works. After a couple of hours here you'll be totally "Matissed-out"

In a wonderful setting in Cimiez, amidst an olive grove which is a popular weekend picnic location for Nice families. Paths are named after jazz giants, such as Allee Dizzy Gillespie, as a reminder of the jazz festival held each year .

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May 25, 2006
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Matisse Museum

This completely renovated 17th-century Genoan-style villa in the heart of the olive grove in the Gardens of Cimiez houses the personal collection of the great Fauvist painter who lived in Nice from 1917 until his death in 1954.
Works from all periods of his life offer a comprehensive panorama: from the first paintings made in 1890 to the famous gouache cutouts, 236 drawings, 218 engravings and the complete presentation of the books illustrated by the artist.

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Feb 22, 2006

Matisse Museum in Cimiez

Lovely collection of Matisse paintings, drawings and sculptures, situated in a beautiful building in smart Nice suburb.

4 euros entry for adults, children free. Open 1000-1800, Closed Tuesdays + holidays, free entrey on the 1st + 3rd Sundays of each month

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Apr 05, 2005

Musee Matisse

I know it is not a sound behaviour to rush into a museum immediately after arrival to a fashionable Mediterranean resort in summer. I, however, did... That was the Matisse Museum.

Matisse spent many years in Nice (can you really blame him??), so the city has a considerable amount of his works. The museum is housed in (as well as below) a 17th-century villa, called Arena Villa, and displays all sorts of the artist's works. You'll see drawings, paintings, bronzes, fabrics, artifacts.

Among things especially worthy of mention are:

-Blue Nude series, among which Blue Nude IV (done in 1952)

-Still Life With Pomegranates (saw that even in my school books)

-Flowers and Fruits (last work Matisse managed to complete before his death)

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Jun 11, 2003

Musee Matisse

MUSEE MATISSE has a fine collection of works by Henri Matisse (1869-1954).

MUSEE CHAGALL (MUSEE NATIONAL MESSAGE BIBLIQUE) houses more than 500 major works by Russian-born artist who lived here. Exhibition includes 17 startling canvases that make up the Biblical Message Series. His last work 'Flower & Fruits' is also on display here.

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The Matisse Museum is a 17th...

The Matisse Museum is a 17th century Italian villa with distinctive red walls situated on a hill just above the center of Nice in the heart of an olive grove close to the Hotel Regina where Matisse lived. The park and nearby ruins were part of the ancient Roman City of Cemenelum, now known as Cimiez. Matisse lived in Nice from 1917 to 1954. He donated part of the museum’s collection.

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Sep 07, 2002

You can't miss them : Museum...

You can't miss them : Museum of Matisee and Chagall . There are many best collections in both museums . You can see how were they growing in their painting life.

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Aug 25, 2002

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Go to the Matisse Museum. There's also a like 16th century cathedral on the other side of the park at the Matisse Museum which has the most excellent rose gardens in the South of France. Musee de Contemporain (Museum of Modern Art) is fabulous. Excellent rooftop views.

Aug 24, 2002

A Worthwhile Visit

This museum is out of the way but is within easy reach by bus. Trips up to this museum take about 20 minutes from central Nice and is worth the trip if you enjoy Matisse art.

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Nov 02, 2004

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  • Sunday 10:00 to 18:00
  • Monday 10:00 to 18:00
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10:00 to 18:00
  • Thursday 10:00 to 18:00
  • Friday 10:00 to 18:00
  • Saturday 10:00 to 18:00