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 »
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  • 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.

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