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.