Museums in the Alpes-Maritimes

A privileged tourist destination since the 19th century, the French Riviera has seduced many artists over the years and has become a land of arts and culture. The valleys of the hinterland, with their exceptional natural, historical and local heritage, also host several remarkable museums. Prepare your cultural getaways in the Alpes-Maritimes department by discovering a selection of museums.

Arts in the spotlight in Nice

Art is very present in the Alpes-Maritimes department, especially on the French Riviera. The Museum of Fine Arts in Nice and the MAMAC attract many visitors every year, who can marvel at 17th or 19th century paintings, or soak up the audacity of 20th-century artists by admiring intimate or monumental works. The Masséna Museum plunges visitors into the heart of the 19th and 20th centuries, in the heart of an authentic architectural jewel located on the Promenade des Anglais. Asian arts are also in the spotlight, with a museographic journey to China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia and in the footsteps of Buddhism.


Rendez-vous with the past

Several museums are dedicated to the distant or recent history, of the Alpes-Maritimes department. The generous climate of the region, between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, has seduced people for tens of thousands of years. The Museum of Natural History of Nice, the Regional Museum of Prehistory of Menton and the Museum of Wonders of Tende provide an educational and playful insight into the daily life and traces of occupation of our distant ancestors, from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic and then to the Bronze Age. Antiquity is also in the spotlight, particularly in Cannes, in the Fort Royal located on the island of Sainte-Marguerite. More recently, the Occupation period has been being explored in Nice, thanks to the work of passionate volunteers.

Museum of Natural History in Nice

Grasse and perfume

Grasse is the cradle of modern perfumery and has largely contributed to the reputation of French luxury. The greatest perfumers have settled there, taking advantage of the local know-how and the generosity of the climate which favors the cultivation of numerous aromatic plants. Many visitors come to Grasse every year to discover the epic of perfumery, but also its future in the 21st century, and visit the 2.7-hectare conservatory garden.