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Located in the Cimiez district on the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum, the Matisse Museum is devoted exclusively to the work of the French painter, Henri Matisse, who spent most of his life in Nice . Founded in 1963, it was set inside the splendid Vila des Arènes, a 17th century bourgeois mansion purchased by the city in 1950 to house the Archeology Museum and the Matisse Museum . Later, the Nice Archeology Museum would be moved to a nearby site and the Matisse Museum underwent a vast renovation.
The Matisse Museum possesses a substantial collection of the artist's work, including paintings, sculptures, watercolors, drawings and engravings. Visitors will also find a valuable collection of objects that belonged to the painter: personal documents and tapestries, as well as ceramics and serigraphs. A visit to the Matisse Museum is also an opportunity to discover the historic district and places where the painter liked to walk, such as the Liserb Park on the Cimiez Hill . Matisse painted his "Sur la Terrasse" there in 1921.
Returning to the Promenade des Anglais after that excursion into the world of the painter, guests of the Palais de la Méditerranée can enjoy relaxing moments in the restaurant and bar lounge, beside its luxurious pool or in the casino.
From 10am to 6pm. Closed Tuesdays and some bank holidays: December 25th, January 1st, May 1st and Easter Sunday.