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Located on the heights of the Suquet district in Cannes, the Castre Museum was set up in the former Castre Castle, built in the 11th century and once inhabited by the Lérins priests.
Focused on ethnology and ancient Mediterranean cultures, the museum offers a fine collection of Greco-Roman and medieval period archeological items, along with ethnographic exhibits from Asia, Oceania and the Americas. One can also admire paintings by the Post-Impressionists and regional works from the 19th century featuring the landscapes of Cannes, as well as a remarkable collection of musical instruments from around the world, exhibited in the Saint-Anne chapel. The Castre Museum's collection was based mainly on a major donation by the Baron of Lycklama at the end of the 19th century. New contributions regularly enhance its collections.
After visiting the museum, walkers may head for the gardens and climb all the way up to the square tower, which offers a splendid panoramic view of the port, the Bay of Cannes and the Croisette, with its luxury boutiques and its prestigious, emblematic buildings, such as the Hôtel Martinez. On a clear day, one can see all the way to the escarpments of the Southern Alps.