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.

L'Eco-Musée 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).
Palais Lascaris
Genoan-style palace built in the 17th century housing a collection of Genoese Baroque art and Flemish tapestries. Exhibitions and information on local heritage. 15 rue Droite, Vieux-Nice (06). Seasonal opening times.
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.
Municipal Museum of Art & History, Draguignan
Collection of European art from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries as well as an exhibition of regional history and archaeology, antique furniture and arms. 9 rue de la République, Draguignan (83).
Musée Renoir
Renoir's former home and studio maintained as a museum. Also estate gardens with a century-old olive grove. Chemin des Collettes, Cagnes-sur-Mer (06). Seasonal opening times.
Musée Archéologique St Raphaël
Museum of archaeology at rue des Templiers, Saint-Raphaël (83). Seasonal opening hours.
Musée de l'Enfance
Childhood museum, with toys and games from the 19th century, doll houses, furniture and miniatures. Guided tours in English on request. At 2 rue Venizelos, in the old town of Cannes (06).
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.
Museum of Archaeology
In a 17th century bastion, museum with a collection of artefacts dating back to 6 BC, tracing the history of Antibes. Guided tours, temporary exhibitions and educational activities for children. Bastion Saint André, Antibes (06).
Musée 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).
Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain
Modern and contemporary from the 60s onwards. Promenade des Arts, Nice (06). Closed Mondays.
Le Prieuré du Vieux-Logis
Villa remodelled in the 1930s housing mediaeval religious art, a 15th century Flemish Pietà and a collection of objects and furniture of Dominican Father Alfred Lemerre. 59 avenue Saint-Barthélemy, Nice (06). Open on appointment only.
The Postcard Museum
Permanent exhibition of hundreds of postcards from all epochs and countries. Also temporary exhibitions. Discover an iconographic universe of unusual documentary and artistic images. Open from 14:00 to 18:00, closed Mondays.
Musée National Marc Chagall
Chagall's Biblical Message series, painted between 1960 and 1967, with attractive gardens at avenue du Docteur Ménard, Nice (06). Closed Tuesdays.
Fort Carré
Vast fort on the Saint-Roch peninsula in Antibes (06). Open to visits.
Château de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
10th century castle with ceremonial hall, guard room and more. In the village of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (06).
Château-Musée Grimaldi
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).
Musée Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire
Museum dedicated to the art of cooking as well as courses available. At 3 rue Escoffier, Villeneuve Loubet (06).Seasonal opening times.
Musée 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).
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.
Musée d'Art 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 Greco-Roman antiquities that have been their inspiration over the centuries.
Maison du Chocolat et Cacao
17th century chapel, Chapelle des Sœurs de la Charité de Nevers in Roquebrune sur Argens, housing a cornucopia of objects devoted to chocolate including tins, posters and a collection of miniature cars.Closed Sundays and Mondays. Free entry.
Musée de la Castre
Collection of fine art, Mediterranean archaeology and primitive art on place de la Castre in Cannes (06).
Musée 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 more.
La Verrerie de Biot
Museum dedicated the history of glass-blowing. Chemin des Combes, Biot (06).
Museum of Stamps & Coins
H.S.H. Prince Rainier III's private collection of stamps and coins. At the Terrasses de Fontvieille in Monaco.
Musée de la Résistance Fort Saint-Roch
40 metres underground, museum devoted to the activities of the French Resistance during World War II. In Sospel (06).
Château-Musée de Tourrette-Levens
Insects, butterflies and taxidermy animals, in Tourrette-Levens (06).
Fragonard Perfume Museum
Historic perfume museum in Grasse, offering tours in English. Open daily from 9:00 to 18:00. At 14 rue Jean Ossola, Grasse (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 17:30. At the Terrasses de Fontvieille, Monaco.
Ecomusée 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).
Musée des Beaux-Arts Jules Chéret
Museum housing a collection of paintings and sculptures spanning the past four centuries. At 33 avenue des Baumettes, Nice (06).Open from 10:00 to 18:00, closed Mondays.
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.
Villa Arson Nice
Museum of contemporary art and sculpture with gardens and a café and regular temporary exhibitions. At 20 avenue Stephen Liégeard, Nice (06).
Musée 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 de Lérins, in the oldest part of the Fort Royal on Sainte-Marguerite. Seasonal opening times.
La Maison du Patrimoine
Discover Provence via the history of Roquebrune-sur-Argens. Museum exhibiting a myriad of objects including prehistoric stone tools, Roman artefacts, an authentic 17th century ice house and a collection of ex-voto paintings. At Impasse Barbacane, Roquebru...