Les Musees de La Citadelle

Les Musees de La Citadelle, Villefranche-sur-Mer: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Les Musees de La Citadelle Reviews: 4.5/5

Les Musees de La Citadelle
4.5
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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OftenTraveling1066
Philadelphia, PA114 contributions
Gift to the Universe!
Mar 2019 • Couples
This place is a rare gem. It is free, historically interesting (from Savoy to WWII) and packed with several free museums, including the Volti which I liked a lot. There is some homogeneity to the Volti, but if you like bronzes of women you will find it interesting. There is also a nice look-out and a touching garden in remembrance to Jean Moulin.
Written March 9, 2019
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Craig P
11 contributions
Best stumble across yet
Jan 2019 • Couples
We were diverted from Marseille and decided to just go for a wander and see what was about. Woo hoo for this museum. I had not heard of Volti so this was a beautiful surprise. Best viewed without children as not really fun for them but we got off a cruise ship and very few people were around. It is hidden up by the citadel. None of the photos do it justice. Superb experience for even the uneducated art like like me
Written January 10, 2019
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Shannon M
Bairnsdale, Australia184 contributions
Lots of things to see
Sep 2018 • Couples
Had a quick visit through the museums which had some interesting displays of little ceramic people and events and war memorabilia to see. It was very warm when we visited so it was quite stuffy in the rooms. Still worth a look to get a little insight into life and history of the area.
Written November 5, 2018
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ScotAlberta
Sherwood Park, Canada572 contributions
Free!
Aug 2018 • Friends
My favourite price! The Citadel includes three small museums with different displays and all were interesting. As interesting as the displays was wondering through and seeing the architecture of the old citadel!
Written August 7, 2018
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Manuela L
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,086 contributions
Les Musées de la Citadelle / Villefranche-sur-Mer
Apr 2017 • Family
Some nice visite to the museum of the citadelle, there are three different museums, superb views to Cap Ferrat, and the sea; visite to the casemates; the ancient fortress date from the 5 century, the sculptures, paintings of the museum are very nice:
Written March 27, 2018
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Della G
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
Les Musees de La Citadelle
Sep 2017 • Friends
What a wonderful area to explore. This fortress/citadel houses four unique museums that is open free to the public. It is a large area to tour and not all museums were opened when we visited. There are delightful modern impressionist sculptures scattered through out the complex and courtyards. This expansive area also offers a commanding view of the town and harbor. An A one attraction not to be missed.
Written October 28, 2017
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Bruce W
Mijas, Spain1,740 contributions
Figuratively speaking, these displays are ahead of the rest.
Sep 2017 • Couples
The historic structure of the Citadel Saint-Elme overlooks one of the world's most beautiful bays. Originally built to provide protection for Cap Ferrat, Villefrance and Nice, the Citadel now provides protection for the Volti, Goetz-Boumeester and Roux Museums as well as a small military museum. In addition, the Town Hall of Villefranche is located here - perhaps the councillors were expecting to make some unpopular decisions?

The Roux collection is quite remarkable. It is unique in the quality, originality and authenticity shown. It features numerous figurines depicting the daily lives of men and women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Exquisitely modelled and staged.

There are several small rooms displaying the work of the two artists, Christine Boumeester and Henri Goetz, friends of Picasso, Picabia, Miro and Hartung. Many of their works echo the development of the modernist/impressionist period. These rooms provide an intimate atmosphere and enable you to see the paintings much more closely than you might otherwise. Definitely best to take your time and have a good look.

The sculptures of Volti represent an important collection of bronzes and other materials, both for the quantity and quality of works on display. The sculpture of the nude at the entrance to the Citadel is an intriguing way to lead into the collection. The other examples are a little more formally displayed, but the architecture the Citadel is a superb setting for them. If you have the opportunity to explore Villefranche you will encounter more examples of Volti’s work around town.

Overall, all the displays generated were truly absorbing and what is more, admission was free.
Written September 28, 2017
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948barryg
Hitchin, UK28 contributions
Fascinating collections of little-known artists
Sep 2017 • Couples
The citadel at Villefranche houses four museums, of which we visited three- a small regimental museum with a great video(!), a museum dedicated to Henri Goetz and Christine Boumeester, who lived in the town and one full of works by sculptor Volti. Really interesting art works and loads of information in French (but pretty easy to translate, or at least get the gist). Some stuff in English, but the best thing is - they are all FREE! We ran out of time for the fourth museum (Roux Collection), but by all accounts that'a pretty good too. Lovely gardens at the Citadel and a theatre where they put on regular concerts.
Written September 8, 2017
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Cruiseman21
Henderson, NV127 contributions
Unique Location For Sculptures
May 2017 • Couples
I do not have an appreciation for sculpture, or suffering artists, so I was not able to fully appreciate the Musees. The location is unique - under the Citadel. Admission is free.
Written June 2, 2017
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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,977 contributions
Unexpected
May 2017 • Couples
We knew nothing about the citadel and the museums so we were surprised and delighted by the gallery of modern art in the chapel and the large collection of sculptures which could be views for free in atmospheric cavelike rooms. There were modern sculptures in the garden area also.
There was a museum telling the history of the people who lived in the medieval period with china figurines which children would like.
However one of the museums was closed when we visited.
Really worth a visit.
Written May 7, 2017
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