Culture in and around Antibes

Picasso museum (Antibes): The Château Grimaldi was built in the 12th century, and it was a residence of Monaco's ruling family until the 18th century. In 1946 the castle’s curator offered use of the château’s vast chambers to Picasso as a studio. Pablo Picasso came to the French Riviera after his war years in Paris and stayed nearby in a small hotel at Golfe-Juan. Four months of intense work produced 80 ceramics, 44 drawings, 32 lithographs, 24 paintings, 11 oils on paper, 2 sculptures, and 5 tapestries inspired by the sea and by Greek mythology. As gratitude, he donated all works completed during his stay. The first Picasso museum in the world was born. And these paintings are really worth a look. “La Joie de Vivre” (the Joy Of Life) is probably the most famous painting of the period. The view from the castle’s window is breathtaking as well. There is also a gallery of other modern artists--Léger, Miró, Ernst, and Calder, among others.

Peynet Museum (Antibes):
The Museum was opened in 1989 and is named after the celebrated illustrator who lived for many years in Antibes. A stroll around the museum is always entertaining, looking at the whimsical work of Raymond Peynet, creator of the well-known Lovers in etchings, lithographs, gouache, Indian ink, on porcelain, dolls, in books and cartoons in the press. His diverse sixty-year career is represented here. 

Archeological Museum (Antibes)
The Archaeology Museum, opened in 1963, was installed in the Bastion Saint Andrée, a military fortification constructed by Vauban at the end of the 17th century. It is ideally situated overlooking the sea, and there is a panoramic view from its terrace of the old town and the Cap d'Antibes;
Recently renovated, the two vaulted galleries house archaeological collections of Antibes, which trace the history of the town since antiquity.

St Paul de Vence: One of the most beautiful villages in the Alpes Maritime and may be all of France, it is the third most visited historical site in France after the Mont St Michel and the Chateau de Versailles. It has attracted artists by the score and this is now reflected in the number and variety of art galleries and workshops in the village. http://www.saint-pauldevence.com/tourism_uk.html Also located here is the FONDATION MAEGHT Not to be missed, for both its permanent collection and temporary exhibits. Painters and sculptors participated in its architectural design, creating artworks to complement the building and its gardens - 

Chagall museum (Nice): The Musée du Message Biblique Marc-Chagall (Marc Chagall Museum of Biblical Themes) stands out among Nice museums as one of the most interesting on the French Riviera. It contains seventeen superbly displayed large canvases depicting biblical scenes and themes from the Old Testament in bright, joyous colors. The Chagall Museum also holds sculptures, stained glass windows, mosaics, tapestries, preparatory sketches, engravings, and lithographs from this important 20th-century artist. If you are looking for things to do in Nice the museum is an excellent option. It is on the Boulevard de Cimiez about two miles from the Nice beaches, near the Matisse Museum. Bus #15 has a stop, Musée Chagall, just outside the museum. www.musee-chagall.fr

Matisse Museum (Nice): The Matisse Museum is situated on the hill of Cimiez, not far from the Franciscan monastery with its Italianate gardens, the Hotel Regina where Matisse lived, and the Gallo-Roman ruins. Since the 5th of January 1963 the Museum has been welcoming vistors to its collection of works left by the artist (and his heirs) to the city of Nice where he lived from 1918 until 1954. www.musee-matisse-nice.org

Fort Carre: The 16th- and 17th-century fortress that defends the Antibes coast stands on a site the Romans used as a temple to Mercury. The temple ruins make up part of a fifth-century chapel inside the fort. The most recent structures were designed by Vauban, which may be of interest to fans of military architecture. The view of Antibes from the fort makes it worth a visit for everyone else. The fort can be visited only on guided tours, which are run every half-hour, in both English and French. Until 1997, the Fort was the property of the French Army. It was opened to the public only after being acquired by the city. If you are a fan of Musketeer and Foreign Legion movies, the fort will probably seem familiar, as it has been filmed many times. (Avenue du 11 Novembre, Route du Bord de Mer, 06600 Antibes, ☎ 33 06 14 89 17 45. Guided visits every half-hour from 10:15 am to 4 pm in winter and to 5:30 pm in summer. Free shuttle bus from parking at Port Vauban. Admission €3.)