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Things to do in Nice

Admire iconic 20th-century artworks by Matisse and Chagall in Cimiez and by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Central Nice. In Western Nice, you'll be wowed by the onion-shaped domes at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and by four centuries of European Art at the Beaux-Arts Museum. Parc Phoenix, place Masséna and the promenade des Anglais are perfect for a stroll. Museums tend to open daily 10am-6pm.

Promenade des Anglais, Nice. Courtesy of Nice Convention & Visitors Bureau/Nice & You

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Matisse Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Matisse Museum, Nice. Courtesy of Nice Convention & Visitors Bureau/Nice & You

    The Matisse Museum houses an impressive collection of works spanning his career from colourful nudes such as the famous Portrait of Madame Matisse to photographs, sculptures and gouaches. This burgundy-red mansion in leafy Cimiez used to be the artist's home.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Wed-Mon 10am-6pm

    Address

    164, Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez, Nice 06300

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 93 81 08 08

    Transport

    Bus 15, 17, 20, 22 or 25 to Les Arènes/Musée

    Website

    Matisse Museum Website

  2. 2. Beaux-Arts Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Beaux-Arts Museum, Nice. Photo by Louise Simpson

    Housed in a beautiful 19th-century mansion in western Nice, the Beaux-Arts Museum spans four centuries of European fine art. As well as an important Dufy collection, there are Monet paintings, Rodin sculptures and Picasso ceramics.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

    Address

    33, Avenue des Beaumettes, Nice 06000

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 92 15 28 28

    Transport

    Bus 3, 6, 9, 10, 12, 22 or 23 to Grosso stop or 38 to Chéret stop

    Website

    Beaux-Arts Museum

  3. 3. Musée National Marc Chagall - Museums and Galleries

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    Chagall Museum, Nice. Photo by Louise Simpson

    Created by Marc Chagall in the 1970s, the Chagall Museum in Cimiez is devoted to his biblically inspired artworks, complete with violin-playing goats and acrobats on horseback. After browsing the 450 works, enjoy a snack at the pretty garden café.Show this on map

    Cost

    €7.50; concessions €5.50; under 26s free; first Sun of the month free

    Opening hours

    Wed-Mon 10am-6pm (until 5pm Nov-Apr)

    Address

    36, Avenue du Dr Ménard, Nice 06300

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 93 53 87 20

    Transport

    Bus 15 to Musée Chagall

    Website

    Musée National Marc Chagall

  4. 4. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art - Museums and Galleries

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    Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice. Courtesy of Nice Convention & Visitors Bureau/Nice & You

    The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is dedicated to American and French avant-garde art from the 1960s onwards. This ultra-modern museum in central Nice is the place to view famous works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Yves Klein.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

    Address

    Promenade des Arts, Nice 06364

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 97 13 42 01

    Transport

    Garibaldi or Cathédrale-Vieille Ville tram stop

    Website

    Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Website

Attractions

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  1. 5. Place Masséna - Attractions

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    Place Masséna, Nice. Photo by Louise Simpson

    Visitors and locals like to wander around the fountain-filled gardens and upscale boutiques beside place Masséna. With its imposing 19th-century colonnaded architecture and contemporary sculptures, the city's best-known square marks the intersection between Old and New Nice.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Place Masséna, Nice 06300

    Transport

    Masséna tram stop

  2. 6. Russian Orthodox Cathedral - Attractions

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    Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Nice. Photo by Louise Simpson

    A prominent landmark in Western Nice, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral is an ornate confection of red bricks and onion-shaped domes. Built by Tsar Nicolas II in 1859, it's the finest religious edifice of the Orthodoxy outside Russia.Show this on map

    Cost

    €3; concessions €2; under 12s free

    Opening hours

    Daily May-Sep 9am-12pm & 2.30pm-6pm; Oct & mid Feb-Apr 9.30pm-12pm & 2.30pm-5.30pm; Nov-mid Feb 9.30am-12pm & 2.30pm-5pm; no visits on Sun morning and religious holidays

    Address

    Avenue Nicolas II, Nice 06000

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 93 96 88 02

    Transport

    Bus 14, 17, 64, 75 to Tzaréwitch

    Website

    Russian Orthodox Cathedral Website

  3. 7. Cours Saleya - Attractions

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    Cours Saleya, Nice. Photo by Louise Simpson

    No trip to Nice Old Town would be complete without visiting the restaurant-lined cours Saleya with its famed Flower Market. Dine on Niçoise cuisine as you soak up the atmosphere in this pedestrianised area.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Cours Saleya, Nice 06300

    Transport

    Opéra-Vieille Ville tram stop

Special things to do

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  1. 8. Promenade des Anglais - Special things to do

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    Promenade des Anglais, Nice. Courtesy of Nice Convention & Visitors Bureau/Nice & You

    The five-kilometre Promenade des Anglais in Central Nice owes its name to the wealthy British who wintered here in the 1900s. Join the locals roller-blading down this boulevard, and admire the palm trees, Belle-Époque architecture and Mediterranean Sea.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Promenade des Anglais, Nice 06000

    Transport

    Bus to Albert 1er

  2. 9. Parc Phoenix - Special things to do

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    Parc Phoenix, Nice. Courtesy of Nice Convention & Visitors Bureau/Nice & You

    Parc Phoenix in Western Nice houses over 2500 plant species in one of the world's largest glasshouses. Displays range from the Tree Fern Forest to the Thai Garden in seven different tropical climates. Don't miss the Museum of Asiatic Arts.Show this on map

    Cost

    €2; under-12s free

    Opening hours

    Daily 9.30am-6pm (until 7.30pm in summer)

    Address

    405, Promenade des Anglais, Nice 06200

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 92 29 77 00

    Transport

    Nice St Augustin train station

    Website

    Parc Phoenix Website

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