Temporary closure

Due to the preparation of the new hang "Les murs reculent", the Matisse Museum will be closed from Monday, September 21 (included) to Thursday, October 8 (included).


The Matisse Museum reopens on 13 May
Wearing a mask (not supplied by the museum) is compulsory for all audiences from 11 years old. Hydro-alcoholic gel will be made available to visitors at the entrance to the museum.
For sanitary and safety reasons, some changes will be made to the services on offer: the cloakroom will remain closed. The bookstore will open in September.
Access for visitors to the entrance and exit will be signposted, circulation within the collection and exhibitions remains free. Visitors are asked to ensure that barrier measures and physical distance are respected by keeping more than a meter between visitors.
The museum guide is available for download.
Independent tour guides are allowed to bring groups of up to 10 people.

Exposition en cours

Visuel de l exposition

Henri Matisse, La Serpentine, 1909, bronze
Don de Mme Jean Matisse à l'État, 1978, pour dépôt au Musée Matisse, Nice - Musée d'Orsay, Paris.
© Succession H. Matisse
Photo : François Fernandez

Matisse métamorphoses

Exhibition at the Matisse Museum
Until 20.09.20
In partnership with the Kunsthaus Zürich

Matisse is recognised as one of the greatest painters of the first half of the 20th century, but Henri Matisse the sculptor is yet to be discovered. With a wealth of pieces numbering 84 in total, which were produced between 1900 and 1950, this body of work covers every period of his artistic journey.
Matisse’s sculptures were created alongside his paintings, and the two go hand in hand.
Even though painting remains his primary form of expression, Henri Matisse is one of those multi-disciplinary artists who explored a variety of mediums. Matisse’s sculpture represents a body of work in its own right, to be viewed on a par with the works of the great sculptors of the 20th century who came after Auguste Rodin.
The starting point for the exhibition is the artist’s creative method and the way he worked to transform faces and silhouettes through a series of iterations. The exhibition also includes an extensive collection of non-Western sculptures from the artist’s own collection, which were a source of inspiration for him, and intersperses them with Matisse’s work to create a dialogue between them.

Curated by: Claudine Grammont, director of the Musée Matisse Nice and Sandra Gianfreda, curator at the Kunsthaus Zürich


Le Kunsthaus de Zurich présente jusqu’au 8 décembre 2019 les œuvres de l’artiste français Henri Matisse.
Rencontre avec Claudine Grammont, directrice du Musée Matisse.

Visites commentées

Durant l’exposition "Matisse Métamorphoses", des visites commentées sont proposées.
Réservations et renseignements / sylvie.garet@ville-nice.fr

La Petite Académie Matisse


Le musée Matisse met en place plusieurs ateliers destinés aux enfants, aux adultes et aux familles afin d’expérimenter le musée autrement !
> Télécharger le programme de l'été au format PDF

Toutes les inscriptions se font par courriel : sylvie.garet@ville-nice.fr

Installation sonore

Visuel Cinematisse

Concert subaquatique « Sonic Waters », Michel Redolfi, Photo François Domahidy

Michel Redolfi

POOLING (audio)

Durée : 10 minutes
Année : 2019

A propos de l’artiste :

Michel Redolfi emplit de sons fluides l’espace acoustique de la Piscine de Matisse.
Un substrat tridimensionnel pour libérer les découpes de leur placage, flotter dans la pièce en leur exubérante présence.

The museum

façade du Musée Matisse à Nice

Musée Matisse, Nice
Photo : A Vol d'Oiseau / Droits réservés

Pratical Informations

164, avenue des Arènes de Cimiez 06000 Nice.

Tel: (+33) (0)4 93 81 08 08
Fax: (+33) (0)4 93 53 00 22
Mail: musee.matisse@ville-nice.fr

Opening time:
Museum open daily except on Tuesdays
From 10 am to 5 pm from November 1st to April 30th
From 10 am to 6 pm from May 2nd to October 31st

Ticket office closes 30 minutes before
Closed on January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th

Inaugurated in 1963 on the second floor of the Villa des Arènes, situated within the archeological site in Cimiez, the Musée Matisse holds the artist’s and his heirs’ gifts to the City of Nice.

In 1989, the Archeological Museum, which shared the same building, moved out to its own dedicated building to launch a remodeling of the Museum. Architect Jean-François Bodin rethought the interior spaces of the old Genovese villa and conceived the expansion that accommodated a vast foyer, an auditorium and a bookshop. The new building was inaugurated in 1993. An educational workshop was added in 2002, a Cabinet des dessins in 2003.

Classified as “Musée de France,” the Musée Matisse covers a total surface of 2,800 m2, of which 1,200 m2 of exhibition spaces spans the villa and the expansion. In 2013, the ceramic La Piscine, a gift from Claude and Barbara Duthuit, was installed in a dedicated room, on the entrance level. In 2017, a renovation campaign commenced. It began with a recasting of the visitors’ itinerary, the remodeling of the entrance space and the installation of educational devices.

The Musée Matisse is part of a vast patrimonial complex of the Cimiez site that includes the Roman arenas and ruins, a garden with hundred-years old olive trees, as well as the Cimiez monastery.

A Singular Collection

Musée Matisse - Nice

164, Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez
06000 Nice
Tel: (+33) (0)4 93 81 08 08 (public)
Tel: (+33) (0)4 93 53 40 53 (conservation)
Fax: (+33) (0)4 93 53 00 22
Mail: musee.matisse@ville-nice.fr

Bus : 5, 33, 18, 16
«Arènes / Musée» Stop.

picto ticket Tarifs picto groupe Visites picto peinture Ateliers

Opening time

Opening time:
Museum open daily except on Tuesdays
From 10 am to 5 pm from November 1st to April 30th
From 10 am to 6 pm from May 2nd to October 31st

Ticket office closes 30 minutes before
Closed on January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th


10:00 – 14:00 / 15:00 – 18:00
Level 1


11 :00 – 13 :00 / 14 :00 – 17 :00 from Monday to Thursday, on appointment
Information : joelle.potvin@ville-nice.fr

Plan vigipirate

Access :

  • Backpacks, suitcases and overnight bags are forbidden in the museum
  • A visual check of handbags can be practised by a security guard


By foot 4 entrances to the Parc des Arènes:

  • avenue des Arènes de Cimiez
  • boulevard de Cimiez
  • avenue du Monastère
  • place du Monastère.

Individuals and groups entrance : Level -2 by the large stairs of the modern part of the museum

The whole museum is accessible to the persons with reduced mobility (levels 0, 1, -1, -2).
Access: entrance in the Parc des arènes by the gate at 164 avenue des arènes or the gate on boulevard de Cimiez, then entrance to the museum by the South courtyard of the red Villa, besides the archeological site.

Logo Picasso Méditerranée 2017-2019
Logo Musée Picasso

Matisse et Picasso, la comédie du modèle

June 23rd – September 29th 2018

Curator : Claudine Grammont, director of Matisse museum

This exhibition is part of the Picasso-Méditerranée programme, an initiative of the Musée national Picasso-Paris and produced with the support of the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

Matisse et Picasso, la comédie du modèle is an exhibition included in the Picasso-Méditerranée programme, international cultural manifestation, on the initiative of the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

This exhibition, Matisse et Picasso, la comédie du modèle, has received the prestigious ‘National Exhibition of Interest’ label for 2018, awarded by the Minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen. Created by the Ministry of Culture, this label showcases and supports important and/or outstanding exhibitions organized by museums in France. It rewards an innovative museum offer and a previously unexplored theme, as well as the exhibition’s scenography and educational events and activities, thereby providing a wide public with the keys to new readings or interpretations of the material and artworks on display.

The exhibition at the Musée Matisse in Nice is part of the Picasso-Méditerranée international cultural programme whose aim is to strengthen the links between institutions on all sides of the Mediterranean. For this occasion, the Museum benefits from the exceptional loan of forty artworks from the Musée national Picasso-Paris, along with one hundred and twenty prestigious loans of artworks by both Matisse and Picasso, coming from public institutions and private collections.

These two giants of twentieth-century art have not been presented together since 2002 as part of the Matisse-Picasso exhibition that travelled to London, New York and Paris. The Musée Matisse was eager to return to the extraordinary dialogue that exists between these two artists. Moreover, it was in Nice and its surroundings, in places like Vallauris and Vence that the two men regularly rubbed shoulders from the 1940s onwards, both finding their inspiration in this Mediterranean setting.

Stemming from the notion of the «comedy of the model» referred to by Aragon in Henri Matisse, a novel, the Musée Matisse seeks to re-examine what was probably one of the most successful examples of mutual artistic rivalry and inspiration in the twentieth century. Between dialogue and competitiveness, the relationship between Matisse and Picasso was the subject of a permanent exchange. Subtle but captivating resonances exist in the work of both artists, which should be examined in light of the relationship enjoyed between each painter and his model: one of the main driving forces of the reflection carried out by both artists on the question of the representation of the body and the creative act.

The exhibition is structured around four thematic sections, presenting in addition to the Museum’s collection, one hundred and fifty odd paintings, sculptures and graphic works by Matisse and Picasso. A photographic section compares the two artists at work in their respective studios, highlighting the differences and similarities between them. The exhibition is complemented by a presentation of archival documents: letters, exhibition catalogues, reviews and films, illustrating the history of their relationship.

The exhibition Matisse et Picasso, la comédie du modèle is accompanied by an illustrated 160-page catalogue, featuring contributions by Claudine Grammont, Emmanuel Pernoud and Colline Zellal, and is published by Éditions Lienart, Paris

Scenography: Scéno
Graphic design: Camargo et Saluces

Download the file (PDF in french)