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’ henri IV PDF 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. 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. 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. A quizz for adults Are you Matisse or Picasso ?