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Musee Matisse

Published on April 27, 2015 by Ralph and Karen

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Musee Matisse. Photo: m-louis.

The elegant villa that houses Musee Matisse, built in 1670, has three floors painted in classic Mediterranean red with more than 50 shuttered windows, most of which are painted to trompe l’oeil (“fool the eye”) and in fact aren’t real windows at all.

The museum’s 10-room permanent collection of Matisse’s art contains 68 paintings and gouache decoupages, 236 drawings, 218 engravings, 57 sculptures (a nearly complete collection), 14 illustrated books, and more.

Beyond this exterior work of art, there are also temporary exhibits in the Modern Architecture wing along with a art workshop and bookstore. The Museum is open every day from 10am to 6pm, except Mondays and bank holidays.  Entrance is free!

Access: Take one of busses 15, 17, 20, 22, 25. The stop is Arenes/Musee Matisse. From the apartment in Nice, take line 12 to Poste Thiers and change to 17. If traveling by car, park on Ave du Monastere, place du Monastere.

Meet The Author
Hello! We are Ralph and Karen, an Anglo-American couple who fell in love with Paris and France over 20 years ago. Work-related trips brought us here, but we kept coming back for holidays, then extended visits, and then… In 2005, we decided nothing was stopping us from buying a place of our own in Paris. Lots of research, learning, and many kilometers of sneaker-rubber later, we put our house in the United States on the market. It sold in 10 days, and we found our apartment in Montmartre two months later. After a massive, year-long renovation project and its many challenges, we hit our biggest bump yet. As it turned out, we had to stay based in the US after all. Our lovingly remodeled apartment in Paris became a place where we returned only for short visits. In 2008, we started renting to guests—travelers like we once were (we always preferred apartments over expensive, cramped hotels). And the rest, as they say, is history. Le Trésor de Montmartre has proved quite popular, to the extent that we have trouble finding a break in the booking calendar to stay there ourselves! In the midst of this, we found Nice. After several holidays in and around Nice, we thought, why not buy a pied-à-terre in the area? Despite the challenges involved in renovating from afar—which we knew very well at that point—we jumped in again in late 2010. After another renovation, another year, and hundreds more gray hairs between us, we added Le Trésor de Nice to our rental portfolio. A year so so later we picked up 3 other apartment to manage. We hope you find the properties inviting, and hope even more that you will come see them for yourselves! Please get in touch with questions, or to book your stay at one of our apartments. We’d be happy to share our insider knowledge of these places we love so much.
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