A trip to the French Riviera is one most travelers dream about. The beautiful beaches and entertaining nights are fun distractions from everyday life. There’s so much to do in this area and Nice has a variety of activities to keep every type of traveler busy. If you’ve had enough of the beach, you might want to start exploring what the rest of the city has to offer. We have compiled a list of the best museums in Nice to help round out your experience. Take a look below to expedite your planning process.
Musée d’art Moderne et d’art Contemporain
This fancy French building is home a huge collection of contemporary artists. With almost 1,200 pieces, this museum focuses on Nice’s role in the development of art since the 1960’s. Feast your eyes on artists such as Arman, Andy Warhol, Ben Vautier and Ernest Pignon-Ernest. Art lovers will enjoy the entire experience while architecture lovers will appreciate the original design of the building which houses the art.
This museum is in a prime area of the city. A smart choice to start your search for a hotel in Nice.
Musée et Site Archéologiques de Nice
There are two different archeological museums within Nice, and they are covered by the same entrance fee. The Terra Armata will have you stepping back 400,000 years to the site of an actual prehistoric habitat with relics from the earliest settlements of humans. The Site de Cimiez is filled with objects and documents that date back to many different eras including the Neolithic Age, Antiquity, and the Middle Ages. As you’re walking around the ruins of this site, you get a feel for what it was like 1,500 years ago.
With so many museums to explore, it would be a smart idea to book a ride with the hop on hop off tour bus which will take you to all the major attractions in Nice.
Musée National du Sport
Don’t worry, sports lovers, we have something for you too. This new-to-Nice museum is filled with tens of thousands of objects and over 400,000 documents on different sports. The museum covers events from the 16th century to the present, as well as presenting a collection about the history of the modern Olympic Games from 1896. Sporting enthusiasts will love the collection of equipment, paintings, sculptures, posters, books and magazines on display.
If you are looking for a museum to entertain the entire family, the Palais Lascaris is a good option. The building dates back to the 17th century and was once home to an aristocratic family. The luxuriously decorated rooms will make you feel like royalty while the murals will keep art lovers fascinated for days on end. There is an apothecary’s shop dating back to the 18th century on site as well as an impressive collection of old musical instruments. With such a variety of things to keep you entertained, the time will zip past you when visiting the Palais Lascaris.