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Galerie des Ponchettes

Art, Museums

The history of this 19th-century building is far from arty - it has been somewhat ignominiously used in its time as a public lavoir and a fish market - but...

77 quai des Etats-Unis
Free

MAMAC (Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain)

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

Right in the heart of the city, this sprawling temple of white marble enshrines a bold and stimulating collection of European and American modern art...

promenade des Arts
Major venue

Matisse's House

Attractions, Museums

Demarcating the eastern end of cours Saleya, this splendid townhouse is where Matisse spent the second half of the 1920s and early '30s, conducting his life...

1 place Charles Félix

Musée Archéologique de Nice-Cimiez

Museums

The smart, well curated museum of archaeology devotes two floors of open-plan exhibition space to a dazzling array of ceramics, coinage and assorted...

160 avenue des Arènes
Free

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

Museums

Still undergoing extensive refurbishment work at the time of writing, this museum (also known as the Musée Masséna) occupies a beautiful Italianate villa...

Palais Masséna, 65 rue de France

Musée de Paléontologie Humaine de Terra Amata

Museums

Constructed on the site of a prehistoric settlement… If this sounds like the beginning of a Stephen King novel, fear not, the outcome here is guaranteed to...

25 boulevard Carnot

Musée des Arts Asiatiques

Critics' choice
Museums

With a content as deliberately minimal as the architecture of the building that houses it (a wonderfully light, white marble edifice designed by Kenzo...

405 promenade des Anglais

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

On a hot day, it can be an uphill struggle getting to this picturesque museum, but it's worth every step. The former residence of a Ukrainian princess, the...

33 avenue des Baumettes
Major venue

Musée International d'Art Naïf Anatole Jakovsky

Art, Museums

A splendid pink villa houses this collection of naïve art, bequeathed to the city by the eponymous M Jakovsky. Some 600 paintings, drawings and sculptures...

Château Ste-Hélène

Musée Masséna

Museums

Reopened in 2008 after a massive renovation, the museum occupies a sumptuous late 19th-century Italianite villa, built as a winter residence for the...

65 rue de France/35 promenade des Anglais
FreeMajor venue

Musée Matisse

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

Just a few steps away from the Hotel Regina, where Matisse lived, this Genoese-style 17th-century villa keeps a significant number of the artist's...

164 avenue des Arènes
FreeMajor venue

Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

Contained within the strict geometry of this bunker-like building (designed by Le Corbusier collaborator André Hermant) is the complete set of biblical...

avenue du Dr Ménard
Major venue

Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle

Museums

If it creeps, crawls or slithers you'll find it dried out and on display in the antiquated wooden cabinets of this, Nice's oldest museum. And while junior...

60 bis boulevard Risso
Free

Prieuré du Vieux Logis

Art, Attractions, Museums

Meet just around the corner, in front of Saint Barthélémy church (11 montée Claire Virenque), to join up with the guided tour that visits this quirky and...

59 avenue Saint Barthélémy

Villa Arson

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

Set in vast parkland, this 18th-century villa is now under the aegis of the French cultural ministry as a catch-all centre for contemporary art. There's an...

20 avenue Stephen Liegeard
Free