France is one of the top travel destinations in the world and if you’re a fanatic of celebrated artist Pablo Picasso then you’ll want to visit the Musee Picasso in lovely Antibes. The famed artist spent a year in this fantastic resort town that’s nestled between the high-profile sophistication of Nice and Cannes and situated in the posh region of the French Riviera. Boasting a charming, old-world ambiance, Antibes is replete with sun-soaked beaches, lively cafes, sparkling Meditteranean waters, and beautiful wooded terrain. Add to your trip to this marvelous museum that was once briefly the studio of one of the 20th century’s great artists and you have the perfect getaway that’s equally soul inspiring and scenically beautiful. To get the lowdown on everything you need to know for your visit, here’s a guide to Musee Picasso, Antibes.
Things to do
Found in a grand 14th-century castle known as the Chateau Grimaldi in the old town of Antibes, Musee Picasso’s structure is as striking as the world-class artwork it houses. This medieval fortress is a prominent feature on Antibes’ landscape and offers an exciting exploration not just for art lovers but architectural and history buffs. The castle’s exterior and interior even rival some of the artwork showcased. This gorgeous seaside museum space also includes an entertaining boutique and bookshop and an inviting cafe with a terrace providing panoramic views of the captivating Mediterranean Sea.
Overlooking the Meditteranean Sea, Musee Picasso’s sculpture garden is a fabulous spot to drink in splendid views of the surroundings. Visitors can see sights of the dazzling French Riviera and Nice in the distance, along with glitzy yachts bobbing in the crystal blue waters, creating an overall tranquil setting. The sculpture garden not only boasts amazing Picasso pieces but works by modern masters like Miro and Germaine Richier.
Possessing over 200 works by the Spanish painter, this museum features brilliant white-walled galleries adorned with some of Picasso’s best work. The second floor offers a look at his workshop and throughout the museum, visitors can admire a large array of artwork from vibrant paintings to interesting lithographs to colorful ceramics. There are even compelling candid photos of the artists that are sure to thrill any avid Picasso fan. This attraction may not sway casual observers but diehard lovers of Picasso’s art are sure to be pleased.
This museum is small so a one-hour visit is more than sufficient to see and explore everything the attraction has to offer. The exhibit displays are presented in English, Italian, and French. For the most part, Musee Picasso is a self-guided tour experience. Be aware that there are no audio guides or leaflets of information available. If you desire an in-depth tour, your best bet might be to take a pre-packaged tour from a third-party website.
This tourist attraction has undergone a nice renovation and it is now easily accessible and free to persons who need the use of a wheelchair.
Here’s a nice tip: twice a year, Musee Picasso offers entire free weeks. The first full week in November and the first full week in February are free to everyone who enters, and children ages 18 and under always receive complimentary entry. Please note that the museum is closed on the following dates: January 1, May 1, November 1, and December 25.
How to get there
France provides excellent public transportation. If you’re in Nice or Cannes, you can hop on the number 200 bus for a leisurely hour-long drive to the museum. Treat yourself to a train ride and you will have the delight of viewing some ornate-looking train stations as well. If you’re leaving from Monaco or any other tiny French Riviera town, your best bet is to take the RER train that will get you to the museum in 30 minutes.
Rent a car
If you are driving to Musee Picasso, the attraction is located along Prom. Amiral de Grasse, 06600 Antibes, France.
Taxis are readily available but extremely expensive. If traveling from Nice, a taxi ride can cost 67 USD.
Uber offers an affordable alternative to pricey taxi services and it is ultra-convenient even though you may wait 10 to 15 minutes for your driver to arrive. However, this is a small price to pay for the money you can save. If arriving from Nice, Uber is about half the cost of a taxi: 34 USD.
Be aware that parking is very limited. You can book a car park in advance if you anticipate driving to the museum. Some are free while others charge a fee. The nearest car park to Musee Picasso - 0.99 miles (1.6 kilometers) away from the museum - is the Parking Q-Park Antibes La Poste located along 8 Rue Lacan, 06600 Antibes.
How to book tickets
Tickets for this must-see attraction can be received through a third-party website, however, the most direct way is online via the official ticket purchase website. You can also book tickets by phone on +33 (0)4 92 90 54 28.
Musee Picasso, Antibes information
Address: Prom. Amiral de Grasse, 06600 Antibes, France
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 12pm, 2pm - 6pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 9 USD
Official website: Musee Picasso, Antibes
Department of tourism: France
Duration: 2.0 hour
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