Museums in France

The museums of France chronicle every aspect of French history – art, architecture and more. There are art works representing every epoch, and museums devoted to every notable artist in the history, both French and foreign. The dazzling array of galleries and salons will be a true joy to any artistic soul. Keeping in mind the penchant of the French for museums as well as the astounding number of tourists in this country, travellers are advised to schedule their visits on weekdays, because museums are always crowded on weekends.



Town: Nice Address: 75 quai des Etats-Unis Phone: +33 4 92 004 190 The Heritage Centre, situated in the authentic 19th-century villa was founded by the city government in order to provide information about Nice and the general region of Provence. The initiator of this Centre du Patrimoine was the famous mayor of Nice, Jacques Peyrat. Here you will find everything about the history of Nice. Apart from numerous photos, books and touristic guides,
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Town: Nice Address: Place du Monastère Phone: +33 4 93 810 004 Up on the hill of Cimiez there is an imposing 17th-century monastery housing the Franciscan museum, which reveals the history of the Franciscans' convent from the 13th Century to the present day. Inside you can admire the precious works of sacred art and religious documents of great importance. In the 15th-century church, it is worth seeing a large gilded wood Baroque altarpiece,
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Town: Nice Address: Tour Bellanda, up 214 Phone: +33 4 93 623 711 A visit to Galerie de la Marine is a real must for all sea and sailing lovers. This spacious museum hosts a breath-taking collection of beautiful ship models, antique nautical instruments, engravings and paintings. There is also a large roof-top terrace with a beautiful view overlooking the sunny beaches of Nice. The Naval Museum houses up to the 214 step of the Bellanda Tower,
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Town: Nice Address: 35 Promenade des Anglais Phone: +33 4 93 881 134 Massena Museum of Art and History hosts a permanent exhibition focused on the history of Nice from the 11th to 19th Century. Numerous precious exhibits of religious and sacred including paintings, sculptures, and silver are displayed here. Some of them are typically Provencal, but the majority comes from Spain, Germany or Italy. Visitors can also see authentic arms and armors from all over the Europe dating from the 15th to 19th Century.
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Town: Nice Address: 164 ave des Arénes de Cimiez Phone: +33 4 93 81 08 08 e-mail: matisse@ville-nice.fr Henri Matisse called Nice his second home after Paris and spent there a large part of his life from 1917 until his death in 1954. The Matisse Museum is housed in the charming 17th-century Italian-style villa surrounded by a picturesque olive garden close to the Hotel Regina, where Matisse used to live during his time in Nice.
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Town: Nice Address: 65 rue de France Phone: +33 4 93 88 11 34  Set in the old villa built at the beginning of 20th Century the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire is focused on local history and decorative art. The most impressive part of the Palais Massena is a drawing room from the First Empire period with its mahogany pieces and furnishings. In the museum there can be also found a profile of Napoleon as a Roman Caesar,
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Town: Nice Address: 405 Promenade des Anglais Phone: +33 4 92 293 700 According to its name, the Asiatique Art Museum has an impressive selection of Asian antiquity dating from prehistoric times. The museum hosts some rare and unique artifacts such as precious stones, metals, traditional costumes, sandstone sculptures, decoratives, and contemporary art. The museum is housed within a characteristic building of white marble, designed by famous Japanese architect, Kenzo Tange. Resting on round and square bases nearby a small artificial lake,
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Town: Nice Address: 15 rue Droite Phone: +33 4 93 627 240 The Museum of Baroque Decorative Arts is set in the splendid 17th-century Genovan-style Lascaris Palace which used to be the residence of the wealthy Nicoise family of Lascaris-Ventimille . Apart from its monumental staircase, there is an interesting collection of old furnishings and ancient musical instruments. After an intensive restoration in 1946 the palace regained its original beauty and it is now classified as a historic monument.
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Town: Nice Address: 60 bis, bvd Risso Phone: +33 4 93 551 524 e-mail: museum.histoire-naturelle@ville-nice.fr The Natural History Museum consists of four separate rooms, each of them dedicated to a different area of natural history. There is also a natural-science library with numerous albums and studies of fungi, birds, minerals and stones. The museum presents the history of our planet from the very beginning and is home to many precious exhibits and fossils. It has an impressive collection of geological zoological and botanical specimens from the region of Mediterranean Sea.
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Town: Nice Address: Parc Des Miniatures, 33 Boulevard de Imperatrice Eugenie Phone: +33 4 93 44 67 74 To soak up some of the history of the Cote d'Azur, don't forget to visit the Parc Des Miniatures. This charming park reflects all the major monuments in Nice, but in their mini version. There are hundreds of model buildings, all from 3 to 6 feet high, representing, among others Promenade des Anglais,
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Town: Nice Address: 160 avenue des Arènes Phone: +33 4 93 815 957 The Cimiez Museum of Archeology is situated at the site of the ancient Roman settlement called Cemenelum, which gave the present name to this upper class suburbs of Nice from 14 BC to the 5th Century AD. There are several temporary and permanent exhibitions that aim to illustrate this area's history and and the real life of its residents. Displayed here are authentic ancient tools,
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Town: Nice Address: 59, Quai des Etats-Unis Phone: +33 4 93 62 37 11 The surname of Mossa is strictly linked with the history of Nice and the city's cultural heritage. Mossa was a renowned Belle Epoque watercolour painter inspired by symbolism and Art Nouveau. He was also the founding father of the famous carnaval procession in Nice that still exists and every year attracts many tourists from all over the world. The son of Alexis,
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Town: Nice Address: Chàteau Sainte-Hélène Phone: +33 4 93 717 833 Housed in an old manor house within the Château Ste-Helène, the site shows a varied collection of naive art showing its progression from the 18th Century until today. It was founded in 1982 by famous Ukrainian art critic, Anatole Jakovsky, who actually created the term of 'naive art' and devoted all his life to promote it. The museum hosts his personal collection of over 600 sketches and canvases by such great names as: Braque,
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Town: Nice Address: Ave du Docteur Ménard Phone: +33 4 93 53 87 20 e-mail: museecie@rmn.fr The Musee Chagall in Nice boasts the world's largest collection of works by Marc Chagall. The museum was created in 1973 to commemorate this famous Russian-born painter who spent the rest of his life in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, not far away from Nice. Among the exhibits there is a number of paintings, drawings and sculptures inspired by Jewish folklore. There can be also found superb stained glass windows,
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Town: Nice Address: Promenade des Arts Phone: +33 4 9713 4201 e-mail: mamac@ville-nice.fr The Musee d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain also known as the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum is housed just a stone's throw from an Acropolis Convention Centre in am impressive building with marble towers.The museum hosts an impressive collection of French and American works of art from the 60s until present day. The exhibition includes artwork by such famous names as: Andy Warhol,
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Town: Nice Address: 33 av. des Baumettes Phone: +33 4 92 077 373 The Musee des Beaux Arts (Fine Arts Museum) in Nice features a great selection of Italian 17th-century and French 18th and 19th-century paintings and sculptures. Tucked away in the charming district of Baumettes it is set in the sumptuous villa built in 1870 as a residence for a Russian princess and then transformed into a municipal Museum of Fine Arts.
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Town: Nice Address: 25 Bvd Carnot Phone: +33 4 93 620 554 Would you like to see how the life of a prehistoric man looked like? Then go and visit the Prehistoric Museum of Terra Amata. In prehistoric times there was a large elephant hunter's camp right inside the center of Nice. It has been reconstructed to resemble the authentic Acheulian living quarter from before 400, 000 BC. In the museum are prehistoric remains such as jaw-bones,
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Town: Nice Address: 59 ave Saint Barthélémy Phone: +33 4 97 133 415 The Prieuré du Vieux-Logis is a traditional 19th-century Nicoise villa which, was converted into a museum at the beginning of the 1930s. Nowadays it hosts an impressive collection of devotional articles and sacred art dating back to the medieval times. The exhibits mostly derive from 16th and 17th Century, however the most precious is a superb 15th-century 'Pietà flamande' whose author and origins remain unknown.
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Town: Nice Address: 20, Avenue Stephen Liégard Phone: +33 4 92 077 373 e-mail: cnac@villa-arson.org Founded in 1970 under the auspices of Ministry of Culture, Villa Arson is an international school of art, educating succeeding generations of young talented painters. This lovely 18th-century-style villa also serves as an artists' residence and organises regular exhibitions, mostly displaying contemporary art.
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Town: Paris Address: 54, rue des Saints-Peres Phone: +33 1 45 48 62 07 e-mail: courrier@protestants.org Price: 5 - 13 EUR Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 -18:00 The Library and Museum of the French Protestant Society was founded in 1852, with the publication of the periodical 'le Bulletin de la SHPF'. The Bulletin was issued until 1914. The libraby set on extending its collection circa 1865, with its new acquisitions having been based on its core gatherings of manuscripes and archival documents related to Protestant issues.
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