164 Avenue des Arènes

Phone: +33 4 93 81 08 08
Fax: +33 4 93 53 00 22

Musée Matisse

The Matisse Museum is situated on the hill of Cimiez, not far from the Franciscan monastery and its gardens, the Hotel Regina where Matisse lived, and the remains of the Gallo-Roman baths. Since the 5th of January 1963 the Museum has been welcoming visitors to its collection of works left by the artist (and his heirs) to the city of Nice where he lived from 1918 until 1954.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

The paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, paper cut-outs and illustrated books, as well as objects and documents bequeathed by Matisse, his heirs and deposits from the state, make up a collection which is both personal (relating to those works and possessions from which Matisse was never separated) and educational (representing all the periods and range of mediums in his career as a painter).

Presented in the rooms of the Villa des Arenes, the seventeenth century Genoese residence which houses the Musée Matisse since 1963, the permanent collection today counts 68 paintings and gouache cut-outs, 236 drawings, 218 engravings, 57 sculptures (being almost the totality of Matisse’s sculpted work), 14 illustrated books, 95 photographs, and 147 objects belonging to the artist, including screen prints, tapestries, ceramics, stained glass and documents.
The emphasis of this collection is the presentation of Matisse’s artistic evolution and his advances and research in the area of colour and graphics, from his first paintings in 1890 to his gouache cut-outs at the end of his life.


Please see for details of current and forthcoming exhibitions.

Previous Exhibitions

Henri Matisse-Vence : l’espace d’un atelier – Nature morte aux grenades, rencontre d’œuvres,

from 7 July to 30 September 2007.

Matisse Museum presents the exhibition HENRI MATISSE : L’ESPACE D’UN ATELIER- Nature morte aux grenades, from 7 july to 30 september 2007.

Two Matisse paintings, created in Vence in 1947, Nature morte aux grenades (Matisse museum collection, Nice) and Intérieur rouge, nature morte sur table bleue (Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen collection, Düsseldorf) are the centre pieces for pictorial and graphic ranges around the themes of « the interior » and « the pomegranate ».

11 October 2004 - 31 December 2004
Matisse: Nice, Travail et Joie

21 June 2004 – 21 September 2004
Matisse en France

18 March 2004 – 7 June 2004
Matisse : Du mot au dessin

2 October 2003 – February 2004
Matisse: Dialogue entre dessins et sculptures

25 June 2003 – 4 September 2003
Matisse: Une fete en Cimmerie


Individual entry
4 € full price
2,50 € concessions (students, groups of + 15 people)
Free to under 18 year olds

Individual payment for guided tours :
3 € full price
1,50 € concessions

Groups :
54 € (+ entry) full price
20 € school parties

Opening hours

Open from 10 a.m to 6 p.m

Closed every Tuesday
Closed on the following bank holidays
25th December, 1st January, Easter Sunday, 1st May

Getting there

Bus : Numbers 15, 17, 20, 22, 25.
Stop "Les Arènes / musée"

By foot : 4 entrances to the Park :
Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez
Boulevard de Cimiez
Avenue du Monastère
Place du Monastère.


The Museum is fitted to welcome disabled visitors, please use the entrance via the South door of the Villa.

Museum internal and external photos (4)

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Reservation must be made.
Information at (0033) 04 93 53 40 53

Group visits limited to 30 people.

Weekly visits :
Without appointment
Wednesday, at 3.00 pm, in french

Group visits (school – adults) :
An appointment should be made in advance (even for free visits), only by fax :
Pedagogic department :
fax 33-(0) 4 93 53 00 22


Children’s events :
An appointment should be made in advance, only by fax

Pedagogic department :
fax 33-(0) 4 93 53 00 22