The Musée des Beaux Arts in Nice presents a very important collection of works, paintings and sculptures.

Formerly built for a princess, discover the history and secrets of this villa-museum.
For children, the Museum of Fine Arts organizes art initiation workshops.

The Art Collection

Going from the 16th to the 20th century, you will discover works of regional primitives, from the Italian and Flemish school of the 16th and 17th century. But also French paintings of the 18th century, orientalists.

A beautiful diversity of works of which the most symbolic are :

  • The painting "The Crucifixion" by Agnolo Bronzino (1540), one of the greatest Florentine Mannerist painters.
  • Yellow console with two windows by Raoul Dufy (1948)
  • Le déjeuner sur l'herbe by Jules Chéret (1904)
  • Window overlooking the Seine by Pierre Bonnard (1912)
  • Table "Allegory of Earth and Allegory of Water" by Jan Brueghel
  • The sculpture "The Neapolitan fisherman" by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1858).
  • Gustave-Adolphe Mossa's Belle Epoque collection
  • The painting of Jean-Honoré Fragonard la Tête de vieillard (Jean-Honoré Fragonard the Old Man's Head)
  • The Flemish work of Jan Brueghel dit Brueghel de Velours with his painting "Allegories of Earth and Water".

The history of the Museum of Fine Arts

Villa built for Ukrainian princess Elisabeth Kotchoubey in 1878. In 1925, the city of Nice purchased this Belle-Epoque villa.

She modified it and turned it into the Musée des Beaux-Arts, known as the "Palais des Arts de Jules Chéret".

The interior of the villa has been extensively modified to enable it to become a museum. However, the grand staircase remains as it was in the villa at the time of the princess.

The painting and sculpture collections cover more than five centuries from the 13th to the 20th century: Van Loo, Fragonard, Chéret, Dufy, the Impressionists, Rodin, Carpeaux.

Museum of Fine Arts

Musée Des Beaux Arts credit photo ville de nice

Workshops for children

The Musée des Beaux Arts invites you to discover the art of the 16th and 17th centuries through its paintings and sculptures. You'll discover it through a thematic tour.
Designed for analysis and observation, the following themes will help you understand the evolution of Art:

  • Animals in their natural environment
  • Landscapes with shadows, colors, light treatment
  • The portrait by differentiating all the styles (seen of face, the glances, the hands...)
  • Colour through the ages.

Prices, Timetables and Access


  • Adults: €10
  • Children under 18: Free
  • Free admission for residents of Nice and the metropolitan area (with the Nice Museums Pass on presentation of an identity document and proof of residence less than 3 months old)
Leisure activities in the vicinity

Opening hours

May 02 to October 31: 10 am to 6 pm.
November 1 to April 30: 11 am to 6 pm.

Closed on Mondays, 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 December.

If you're looking for other things to do in town, Nice has plenty of interesting places to visit.


The first floor of the Museum of Fine Arts is accessible to people with reduced mobility.
The second floor is only accessible by stairs.

Access by car:
There is no parking right next to the museum.

We invite you to go to the Parking Gare Ville Zen parc - Marriott AC Hôtel.
Then take the bus or walk about 6 minutes.

By public transport:
- Bus 38 stop "Chéret"
- Bus 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 22 and 23 stops "Grosso" or "Rosa Bonheur".