Tickets for Nice Municipal Museums
The 14 municipal museums in Nice have a 10€ 24-hour all-access admission charge, but there are still 3 major categories of free:
- Children under 18 are free
- Students of any age get in free (but you have to have student ID)
- Locals can get in free with ID and proof of residence (a recent electricity or phone bill), which then gets you the blue Pass Musee card, good for free entry at all municipal museums for 3 years.
- (Plus, in March, during the promotion Mars aux Musees anyone under 26 is free, and one night in May, during the European Night of the Museums free for everyone from 6pm to 11pm)
If you don’t qualify for any of the above, the best deal is the 7-day all-access museum pass for 20€, that gets you in to all 14 municipal museums at your leisure for a week, including the Matisse Museum and Palais Lascaris in Old Nice. The only museum that is not included is Chagall, as it is a national museum and not municipal.
Otherwise, you can just buy a single ticket for 10€, which will also get you into any and all of the other museums for free within 24-hours.
- Insider tip: as long as you get in the door before the 24-hours are up, you can stay in as long as you like…!
The 20€ week-long pass is really a deal as Nice has a wealth of small but excellent museums to explore. I love the Matisse museum, which has recently been redone, and can be coupled with the Archaeological museum to see the Roman Ruins just behind. The vast Museum of Modern Art is worth a look, as is the tiny Palais Lascaris in Old Nice (also easy to do together), plus the many small municipal galleries that punctuate Old Nice. The Beaux Arts is quite impressive as well and can be done with the elegant Musee Massena… you will absolutely get your money’s worth!
Tickets for Non-Municipal Museums in Nice
The Chagall museum is a national museum, so not included in the municipal museum passes, but is less expensive and has a free day on the first Sunday of each month. The only other museum in Nice that is not included in the municipal deals is the very cool Garibaldi Medieval Crypt, which is technically not a museum anyway, but a tour.
Free Museums in Nice
There are 3 museums in Nice that are absolutely free, to everyone, all the time: the Museum of Asian Art located in the Parc Phoenix complex near the airport (closed Tuesdays), Villa Arson, a modern art museum open only in the afternoons (closed Tuesdays), located in the hills above Nice, and the Franciscan Monk Museum on Cimiez near the Matisse Museum.
The French Riviera Museum Pass
This could be interesting, depending on your stamina: the French Riviera Pass is good for 1-3 days at a cost of 26/38/56€, and available at the tourist office and at some hotels. This pass is good for all the Nice municipal museums but also the Chagall Museum, and a few museums outside of Nice, notably the Renoir Museum in Cagnes sur mer, the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco, and Villas Rothschild and Kerylos. And there are a bunch of extras thrown into the deal: a day on the Open Tour hop-on hop-off tourist bus, a trip on the little Tourist Train, a 30-minute Segway ride on the Prom, a glass of Champagne and a few betting chips at the Casino, a wine-tasting in Old Nice …and if you take the 3-day pass, Marineland is included.
Most museums are closed Tuesday, but if Tuesday is your only day you can still find a few that are open:
- The Museum of Modern Art off Place Garibaldi
- The little Museum of Natural History, just behind Place Garibaldi
- The Theatre of Photography and Image near Nice Etoile Shopping Center
- The tiny Galerie de la Ponchettes and the Galerie de la Marine, both featuring modern art and both on the seaside of the Old Town
- The stately Fine Arts/Beaux-Arts Museum
- In Monaco, the Oceanographic Museum is open 7 days a week
- …and in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, the avant-garde Fondation Maecht is also open every day.
Also, all museums are closed on May 1 (Labor Day), Christmas and New Years Day.
- Back up to main Museum page