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Last updated: 19 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Conceived as Nice’s answer to Paris’s Pompidou Centre, MAMAC’s twin towers – connected by a sculptural glass facade – contain a core collection of intriguing art from the 1950s to the present.

Stroll through some 1,400 bold, edgy works by the likes of Ben, Yves Klein, Christo, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Dine, Warhol, Oldenburg, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Tiguely and Kelly, framed by luminous white-cube rooms – and don’t miss the striking public art on your way in. MAMAC also holds frequent, excellent temporary exhibitions.

Logistics

Price from: £8
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Take the local tram to Garibaldi, or there is parking at Promenade des Arts and Marshall.

You can see the collection online on the website – worth a browse before you go. One-hour guided tours are available in French and English on Saturdays (for a small additional fee). No need to book, you can buy a ticket for it at the entrance. Allow around two hours for your visit.

If you’re visiting a few art museums in Nice, it’s worth buying the French Riviera Pass which gets you into several for free.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday.

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