Museums & Monuments

Art, history, science and archaeology exhibitions and historical sites to visit on the French Riviera. Find modern art museums and places dedicated to local nature from Menton to St-Tropez.

Musee d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain
Contemporary and avant-guarde art of Europe and the US from the 60s to now. Promenade des Arts, Nice (06).
Musee de la Castre
A collection of fine art, Mediterranean archaeology and primitive art on Place de la Castre in Cannes (06).
Musee Escoffier de lArt Culinaire
The museum for the art of cooking. Open every day from 14:00-18:00 except Saturdays. July and August open from 14:00-19:00 and Wednesday, Friday from 10:00-12:00. Closed in November. Courses available. At 3 rue Escoffier, Villeneuve Loubet (06).
Musee de la Mer
Archaeology of the sea, above and below water in this museum off the coast of Cannes, on the first of the Iles Lerins, in the oldest part of the Fort Royal on Sainte Marguerite.
Fort Carre
Vast fort on the Saint Roch peninsula in Antibes (06). Open to visits, free ferry from the Port Vauban parking area every 15 minutes.
Musee Renoir
Renoirs former home and studio maintained as a museum. Also estate gardens with a century old olive grove. Chemin des Collettes, Cagnes-sur-Mer (06).
L'Eco Musee Vivant de Provence
Live insects and reptiles in a show area which replicates their natural habitat, in the botanical gardens at Quartier Sainte-Appolonie, La Gaude (06).
Musee dArt Classique de Mougins
The MACM’s unique concept reunites the works of classical, neo-classical, modern and contemporary artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Warhol and Matisse with the Egyptian and Graeco-Roman antiquities that have been their inspiration over the centurie
Wax Museum of the Princes of Monaco
Museum depicting historical episodes in the Grimaldi dynasty with life-size figures in period costumes. At 27 rue Basse in Monaco.
Palais Lascaris
Genoan-style palace built in the 17th century, housing a collection of Genoese Baroque art, and Flemish tapestries. Exhibitions of and information on local heritage. 15 rue Droite, Vieux-Nice (06).
Musee d'Archeologie Sous-Marine
Exhibition of ancient objects found on dives in the Saint Raphael bay (83), at rue des Templiers, in the old town.
The Postcard Museum
A permanent exhibition of hundreds of postcards from all epochs and countries. Also temporary exhibitions. The objective of the Antibes Postcard Museum is to let visitors discover an iconographic universe of unusual documentary and artistic images.
La Maison du Patrimoine
Discover Provence via the history of Roquebrune: a museum with free entry, exhibiting a myriad of objects including prehistoric stone tools, Roman artefacts, an authentic 17th century ice house and a collection of ex-voto paintings. In Impasse Barbacane.
Musee d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence
Historic 18th century Villa in Grasse exhibiting examples of art and history from eastern Provence. 2, rue Mirabeau, Grasse (06).
Municipal Museum of Draguignan
Houses a collection of European art from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries as well as an exhibition of regional history and archeaology, antique furniture and arms. 9 rue de la Republique, Draguignan (83).
Musee de lEnfance
Childhood museum, with toys and games from the 19thC, doll houses and furniture and minitures. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 14:00 to 18:00 and daily during holidays. Guided English tours on request. At 2 rue Venizelos, in the old town of Cannes (06).
Monaco Top Cars Collection
Perfectly maintained vintage and veteran motorcars on display from the collection of HSH Prince Rainier III. Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Terrasses de Fontvieille, Monaco.
Maison du Chocolat et Cacao
17th century chapel, Chapelle des Sœurs de la Charite de Nevers in Roquebrune sur Argens, housing a cornucopia of objects devoted to chocolate including tins, posters and a collection of miniature cars from Menier, Milka, Kholer, Frys and Cadbury
Musee des Beaux-Arts Jules Cheret
Art museum housing a collection of paintings and sculpture from the Italian School of the 17th century, 18th century French Impressionists, Dufy and Kees van Dongen. At 33 avenue des Baumettes, Nice (06).
Musée Naval
Naval museum housing a collection of over 200 model boats and famous ships tracing naval history from antiquity to present day. Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Terrasses de Fontvieille, Monaco.
Musée de la Chapelle de la Visitation
Baroque chapel with 17th century sacred art from the Barbara Piasecka-Johnson collection. Works by Rubens, Ribera and Zurbaran on display. Open from 10:00 to 16:00, closed Mondays. At Place de la Visitation, Monaco.
Musée Océanographique de Monaco
Collection of fauna and flora and all things of the sea. At avenue Saint-Martin, Monaco. Open all year, special group, child and disabled rates.
Parfumeries Fragonard
Historic Perfume factory in the centre of the old town of Grasse, offering tours in English. Open 09:00-18:00, seven days a week. At 20 boulevard Fragonard, Grasse (06).
Chateau Musee de Tourrette Levens
Insects, butterflies and taxidermy animals, in Tourrette-Levens (06).
Villa Arson Nice
Museum of contemporary art and sculpture, with gardens and a cafe, at 20 avenue Stephen Liegeard, Nice (06).
Museum of Archaeology
In a 17th century bastion, the museum has a collection of artifacts dating back to 6BC, tracing the history of Antibes. Guided tours, temporary exhibitions and educational activities for children. Bastion Saint Andre, Antibes (06).
Ecomusee de la Roudoule
Educational museum of culture and tradition to preserve traditional manufacturing techniques, nature and the environment. Extends into the surrounding area. At Placette de l'Europe, Puget-Rostang (06).
Musee des Arts Asiatiques
Modern, marble architecture housing a collection of ancient and modern Asian art and craft. Full programme of dance, lectures, concerts and tea ceremonies throughout the year. 405 promenade des Anglais, Nice (06).
La Verrerie de Biot
Museum of the history of glass-blowing. Chemin des Combes, Biot (06).
Musee National Marc Chagall
Chagalls Biblical Message series, painted between 1960 and 1967. With attractive gardens at avenue du Docteur Menard, Nice (06).
Musée Océanographique de Monaco
The Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium, with a wide range of fascinating sea creatures and marine ecosystems. Seasonal opening hours. At avenue St-Martin in Monaco.
Musee Militaire
Museum in Villeneuve-Loubet (06), on the Place de Verdun, housing exhibits from WWI, WWII, the Indochina war and the Algerian war. The collection includes uniforms, medals, weaponry, documents and much more.
Museum of Stamps and Coins
H.S.H. Prince Rainier III's private collection of stamps and coins.. At the Terrasses de Fontvieille in Monaco.
Musee de la Resistance
This museum shows the activities of the French Resistance during WW2. Located in Sospel.
Chateau-Musee du Haut de Cagnes
A medieval castle redecorated in the 17th Century in Baroque style, housing an archaeological and modern Mediterranean art exhibition, as well as an Olive museum. Place Grimaldi, Cagnes-sur-Mer (06).
Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
A 10th century castle with ceremonial hall, guard room and more. In the village of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (06).
Le Prieure du Vieux Logis
Villa remodelled in the 1930s, housing mediaeval religious art, a 15th century Flemish Pieta and a collection of objects and furniture of Dominican Father Alfred Lemerre. 59 avenue Saint-Barthelemy, Nice (06).