The French Riviera

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  • Musée Jean Cocteau

    1. Musée Jean Cocteau

    Vieux Port | Museum/Gallery

    On the waterfront opposite the market, a squat medieval bastion crowned with four tiny watchtowers houses this extraordinary museum, France...Read More

    Musée Jean Cocteau
  • Musée Matisse

    2. Musée Matisse

    Cimiez | Museum/Gallery

    In the 1960s, the city of Nice bought this lovely, light-bathed 17th-century villa, surrounded by the ruins of Roman civilization, and restored...Read More

    Musée Matisse
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  • 3. Château-Museé Grimaldi

    Haut-de-Cagnes | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Crowning Haut-de-Cagnes is the fat, crenellated Château-Museé. Built in 1310 by the Grimaldis and reinforced over the centuries, this imposing...Read More

  • 4. Citadelle


    Head up Rue de la Citadelle to these 16th-century ramparts, which stand in a lovely hilltop park offering a fantastic view of the town and the...Read More

  • 5. Fondation Maeght


    Many people come to St-Paul-de-Vence just to visit the Fondation Maeght, founded in 1964 by art dealer Aimé Maeght. High above the medieval...Read More

  • 6. La Maison des Papillons


    A block west of Rue Clémenceau, in a pretty house at the end of a typically Tropezien lane, the butterfly museum is a delight for children ...Read More

  • 7. Malmaison

    La Croisette | Museum/Gallery

    If you need a culture fix, check out the modern art and photography exhibitions held at the Malmaison, a 19th-century mansion that was once...Read More

  • 8. Monastère de Cimiez

    Cimiez | Garden/Arboretum

    This fully functioning monastery is worth the pilgrimage. You can find a lovely garden, replanted along the lines of the original 16th-century...Read More

  • 9. Musée Archéologique


    Promenade Amiral-de-Grasse—a marvelous spot for pondering the mountains and tides—leads directly to the Bastion St-André, a squat Vauban fortress...Read More

  • 10. Musée Archéologique

    Cimiez | Museum/Gallery

    This museum, next to the Musée Matisse, has a dense collection of objects extracted from digs around the Roman city of Cemenelum, which flourished...Read More

  • 11. Musée Archéologique Marin


    On the same quiet square as St-Pierre, shaded by an old olive tree, this intimate museum offers a quirky diversion. Its few rooms contain a...Read More

  • 12. Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins


    Opened in 2011, this hidden gem "highlights the dialogue between the old and the new" with Roman, Greek, and Egyptian art rubbing shoulders...Read More

  • 13. Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence


    Just down from the Fragonard perfumery, the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence has a large collection of faïence from the region, including...Read More

  • 14. Musée d'Art Moderne


    The assertive contemporary architecture of the Modern Art Museum makes a bold statement regarding Nice's presence in the modern world. The collection...Read More

  • 15. Musée de l'Annonciade


    The legacy of the artists who loved St-Tropez has been carefully preserved in this extraordinary museum, housed in a 14th-century chapel just...Read More

  • 16. Musée de la Castre

    Le Suquet | Museum/Gallery

    The hill is topped by an 11th-century château, housing the Musée de la Castre, with its mismatched collection of weaponry, ethnic artifacts...Read More

  • 17. Musée de la Faïence


    The small but excellent Musée de la Faïence has concise audiovisual explanations of the craft and displays a chronology of fine pieces. It is...Read More

  • 18. Musée de la Mer


    This complex is famous for reputedly being the prison of the Man in the Iron Mask. Inside you can see his cell and hear his story; the truth...Read More

  • 19. Musée de la Photographie


    Near Porte Sarrazine, the Musée de la Photographie permanently displays André Villers's portraits of his good friends—Picasso, who gave the...Read More

  • 20. Musée des Beaux Arts


    At the far west end of town stands the 18th-century Palais Carnolès in vast gardens luxuriant with orange, lemon, and grapefruit trees. This...Read More

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