Nice was the muse and home of world renowned artist Henri Matisse who lived here from l from 1918 to 1954, and residing in the hilltop neighborhood of Cimiez from 1938-1943, and again from 1949 until his death.
Located about three miles from the center of Nice, with easy bus service, this gorgeous national museum resides inside a terracotta-colored. 17th-century villa and is devoted to the work of the artist. (Matisse actually lived and worked in the nearby Regina Palace.)
Though small, the museum houses one of the world’s largest collections of Matisse’s work including sketches, oil paintings, sculptures, and his famous paper cut-outs.
Nearby, the Franciscan monastery is worth a gander, just across the olive tree studded park, as is the Roman amphitheater.
Matisse’s final resting place is at the Monastère Notre Dame de Cimiez cemetery, across the park from the museum.
The museum is CLOSED on Tuesdays. Open other days 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Children under age 18 and students are free (ID required)