Matisse Museum: a must-see cultural visit during your stay in Nice

Matisse Museum: a must-see cultural visit during your stay in Nice

During your stay on the sunny Côte d'Azur, Hotel Lakmi invites you to immerse yourself in the colourful world of Henri Matisse. A true lover of the city of Nice, this famous painter created an artistic style all his own, which influenced the greatest artists of his time. The museum, housed in a magnificent 17th-century villa in the Cimiez district, traces the history of his work. It's a colourful visit that celebrates Nice's cultural heritage. Let us take you there! 


Matisse Museum 

The Matisse Museum in Nice is a unique venue, housing one of the largest collections of works by the artist of the same name, donated by Henri Matisse and his heirs. Inaugurated in 1963 at the Villa des Arènes in Cimiez, the museum is housed in a majestic 17th-century Genoese villa.

As well as the permanent exhibition, which explores the development of Henri Matisse's work, the temporary exhibitions form a kind of extension to the museum's collection. The museum also hosts a number of workshops and events throughout the year, including a sketching workshop for children and an interactive guided tour, providing fun for all the family.

Matisse Museum in Nice - Credit : Summer Hotels 

The Matisse Museum collection

With around 600 works and 130 objects, immerse yourself in the world of Henri Matisse, the painter who is the pride of Nice. Matisse immediately fell under the spell of the Côte d'Azur capital, and was greatly inspired by Nice, where he lived for 27 years. 'When I realised that every morning I would see this light again, I couldn't believe how happy I was. I decided not to leave Nice, and I stayed there practically all my life.'

During your visit, take a closer look at his creative work, through a journey where works and objects play off each other. Discover his works in the colourful, simplified style so typical of his art. Conveying emotion rather than being true to life is the keystone of his work.

This unique collection traces the development of his artistic career. As Matisse was himself his first collector, he kept the pieces that had a special meaning for him and his work. The museum's collection is thus a story being told by the painter. 

Discover his most famous works of art, such as Nu bleu IV, Fleurs et fruits, L'Odalisque au coffret rouge...

A must-see cultural visit in Nice - Credit : Summer Hotels 

Organising your visit to the Matisse Museum

The museum is located next to the Jardin des Arènes de Cimiez, a typical area of Nice steeped in history. With its large lawns, it's the ideal place for a family picnic or a game of pétanque with the locals.

Next door, the garden of Cimiez Monastery is a haven of peace, where it's good to get away from it all. With its Mediterranean flora and unique view over the Baie des Anges, this garden is a must-see when visiting the Matisse Museum.   

How do I get to the Matisse Museum from the Best Western Hotel Lakmi?

Address: 164, avenue des Arènes de Cimiez, 06000 Nice

It takes 15 to 20 minutes to get to the museum by bus.

Walk to the Désambrois stop, then take line 5 in the direction of Rimiez, and get off at Arènes/Matisse.

Useful information:

The museum is open every day except Tuesdays and some public holidays:

  • 10 am to 5 pm from 1 November to 30 April
  • 10 am to 6 pm from 2 May to 31 October

Please note that the museum will be closed from 30 May to 22 June 2023 inclusive.

Jardin des Arènes de Cimiez - Credit : Summer Hotels

The Matisse Museum is a unique place that exhibits the work of the famous painter like nowhere else. It's an opportunity to discover this artist, his world and his essential creations. If, like Henri Matisse, you love the city of Nice, we invite you to discover the most beautiful views of the city during your stay on the Côte d'Azur. As a lover of beautiful paintings and landscapes, you'll definitely love the view from your room at the Best Western Hotel Lakmi. Book your stay at our 3-star hotel in the heart of Nice on our official website, and take advantage of a 15% discount with code DIRECT.