With almost 100 to explore, the Côte d'Azur boasts the largest collection of museums in France after Île de France. Choose between a guided tour or simply exploring at your own pace – you’ll witness some exceptional collections, from across all mediums and all periods of history. Don’t miss...
- The Musée National Fernand Léger, Biot: Where ‘abstract art leads to mural art’. This museum devoted to Fernand Léger contains over 348 original artworks, drawings, oil paintings, stained-glass windows and mosaics. There was an addition of works from the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris to the permanent collection in 2001.
- The Musée National Marc Chagall, Nice: Le Message Biblique, comprising seven large paintings illustrating Chagall’s vision of the Old Testament, are on permanent display here – together with sculptures and the stained-glass windows that adorn the auditorium. You can inspect preparatory sketches for the Message Biblique as well as major works from the donation made to the museum on the artist’s death.
- The Musée National Pablo Picasso, Vallauris: Housed in a 12th-century Romanesque chapel, this museum (separate from the Picasso museum in Antibes-Juan les Pins) contains Picasso’s world-renowned work War and Peace, measuring 125m2 and representing themes dear to the artist in the period immediately following the war. It was also in Vallauris, at the Madoura studio, that Picasso discovered ceramics and pottery – and the museum includes a display of items from this part of his career.
- The Musée National du Sport, Nice: A key part of the Allianz Riviera stadium and extending over a large area of more than 5,800m2, the National Sports Museum is responsible for preserving, passing on and developing French sporting heritage. It holds one of the world's largest sport-themed collections, with more than 100,000 items, objects and documents. A collection of 600 years of sporting history!