The Musee Renoir in Cagnes-sur-Mer is a little gem, inviting a very personal view of the artist, his daily life, and the importance of his family. You can even go into his studio and see his brushes and the colors that were the last on his pallet.
This was Auguste Renoir’s family home; he lived the last 12 years of his life on this beautiful estate, and filled it with his sculptures, paintings, furnishings, photographs, and personal effects.
How to get there: From Nice, take the bus #200, #217 or #500 for 1.50€ which will take 30 minutes, and get off in Cagnes-sur-mer center/Gare Routiere (bus station). From here you can walk it in 5 minutes, or take the local bus #49 and get off at the Musee Renoir stop.
Hours: Summer (June-September) 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm. Winter (October-March 10am-noon and 2pm-5pm. Spring (April-May) 10am-noon and 2pm-6pm. Closed Tuesdays; plus Jan. 1, May 1, and Christmas.
Tickets: 6€ for adults but free for those under 26. Free admission with the French Riviera Pass.
Tours in English: Yes, but check with museum for details and availability, by telephone at +33 (0) 4 93 20 61 07, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Photo credit: Renoir home by Mossot, licensed under creative commons.