Musee Matisse, Nice

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A national museum devoted to the work of French painter Henri Matisse, Musee Matisse holds one of the world's largest collections of his works, with 68 paintings and gouache cutouts, 236 drawings, 218 prints, 57 sculptures, 14 illustrated books, 95 photographs, and 187 objects that belonged to the painter. These are displayed alongside serigraphs, tapestries, ceramics, stained glass, and various documents. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions, lecture series, and screenings of art films. Arrange your visit to Musee Matisse and discover more family-friendly attractions in Nice using our Nice trip planner.
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  • We visited the museum July 26, 2020, after some 15 years to have visited it for the first time. We like very much the work of Mattise. But we were disappointed with the small amount of his work that.....  more »
  • The museum of Matisse is a short journey from centre of Nice and has a superb collection of  works by the great French artist Henri Matisse.  more »
  • Drawings, bronzes and paintings of the artist are found here. There are also artwork of other artists exhibited, as well as pictures of Matisse and some of his colleagues. Objects that belonged to...  more »
  • This excellent smaller museum describes how Matisse developed through his life, from his first painting of some old brown books to his vibrant cut-outs. Don't go there expecting major works - they're all in national museums. But this lovely collection - uncluttered, beautifully displayed and with images from his life - is a joy to see. The black and white photos of Matisse's models are particularly interesting. There's a fab little shop - you will definitely buy something! Then go for a drink and a snack in the outdoor cafe in the adjoining park - just go out of the museum exit and turn right. You can get to the museum on the bus or walk up the back streets, gazing at the beautiful houses with abundant orange and lemon trees in their gardens - so jealous. It was all wonderful - loved it!
  • I rarely give lower reviews to museums and I wasn’t expecting I would for this one. My expectations were higher and looking at the beautiful mansion that houses the Matisse museum I had a different idea what it would be like... Matisse is among my favourite painters but here he’s not represented the way you can feel his art and soul. It’s rather plain, bland... Missing inspiration quite a bit. On the positive side, hang on to your ticket, it’s valid for 24 hours and gives admission to other museums.
  • Wonderful museum dedicated to Matisse. We took a bus from central nice to this museum on the outskirts. Lovely building, and the beautiful art is very well curated and displayed. Very relaxed atmosphere (well it is southern France). Matisse work was distinctive, but possibly not for me.
  • Matisse movies, a selection of Nice -related pieces and displays as well as a few of the best-known works. If you're just looking for all the block-busters you might be disappointed but I enjoyed the scope of his life in art and seeing the cut-outs being created on film as well as some on display. As part of the multi-museum ticket you can see this, archaeology and the Contemporary Art in 24hrs for €10
  • The museum is nice but it just doesn’t have a lot of Matisse’s art pieces, nor the best ones. It’s more about his life I guess. I don’t mind cause I went there for free so I was happy

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