The city of Nice is home to many museums, galleries, historical monuments, parks and gardens as well as the winding lanes of the old town, which dates back to the 16th Century. Combined this makes for a city rich in culture that blends the past with the modern. Entry to all municipally owned museums and galleries, which most of them, is free.

The Musee de Beaux Artes - Fine Arts Museum  - located in the Baumettes district, features a collection of paintings from the 17th through the 19th century, with notable pieces from Degas, Boudin and Dufy among others. The museum’s location was a large private estate built in 1876 by a Russian Prince for his mistress, and today offers visitors the chance to study different styles from Romanticism to Realism, Symbolism to Impressionism, which make up much of the permanent collection. The museum is open from 10am until 6pm daily, and is closed on Mondays and some holidays.

Recently renovated, the Matisse Museum is in a 17th century Genoa-style villa. In the heart of an olive grove in the Gardens of Cimiez, the museum houses the personal collection of the great Fauvist painter, who lived in Nice from 1917 until his death in 1954. This includes works from all periods of his life, from his first paintings from the 1890s to the famous gouache cutout. There are hundreds of drawings, engravings and other work that offers a look at the life and work of the artist. Open daily 10am until 6pm, closed Tuesday and some holidays.

Close by the Cimiez Musee Matisse is the Archaeology Museum of Nice-Cimiez. The museum includes the 14BC Cemenelum, along with the public baths, paved streets and amphitheater. The museum, which inaugurated in January 1989, also offers collections of ceramics, glass, coins, jewelry, sculptures and tools from the Bronze and Iron Age. Open daily 10am until 6pm, closed Tuesday and some holidays.

In the heart of the city near the Promemade du Paillon is the Promenade des Arts, which combines the Theatre of Nice and the city library with  Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art, (MAMAC). The modern art museum combines an excellent collection of American '50's and '60's art with works from the School of Nice, and hosts a guest visiting collection changing every few months. Its roof terrace is an added bonus with fine views over the city. Open from 10am until 6pm daily, and is closed on Mondays and some holidays.

The earliest relics of prehistoric Nice and found in the Musee Terra Amata  located off Boulevard Carnot close to the Port. Early caveman settlement of Lazaret, opens to the public only on the Journees du Patrimionie, usually the second weekend /mid September. This weekend is especially of interest as it also provides public access to the magnificent palace of the King of Savoy, on Place Gautier off the Cours Saleya.

The Asian Arts Museum in the heart of the Parc Phoenix offers classical and contemporary works. Designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, it includes a tea pavilion that captures the aestheticism of a Zen ceremony. The Asian Arts Museum is open 10am until 5pm, and is closed Tuesday and some holidays.

The official Municipal Musem of Nice is found in Rue Droite in the old town, and houses a replica Victorian age pharmacy.