Fodor's Expert Review Musée Jean Cocteau

Menton Fodor's Choice
Museum, Musée Jean Cocteau, The French Riviera, France

Editor's Note: This property is currently undergoing renovations.

On the waterfront opposite the market, a squat medieval bastion crowned with four tiny watchtowers houses this extraordinary museum, France's memorial to the eponymous artist-poet-filmmaker (1889–1963). Cocteau spotted the fortress, built in 1636 to defend the port, as the perfect site for a group of his works. While the museum has nearly 1,800 oeuvres graphiques, about 990 are original Cocteaus, a donation from the late California businessman and Holocaust survivor Severin Wunderman's personal collection. This is a must-see.

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2 quai Monléon
Menton, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  06500, France

04–89–81–52–50

museecocteaumenton.fr

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