The Nice national Marc Chagall museum, was created by the artist's will to bring together in one purpose-built place his most important biblical works.
Get To Know Marc Chagall On A Musee Marc Chagall Tour
1. The Architecture
The architecture of the museum is characterized by a close relationship between building and artworks, the broad use of natural lighting, and the role of the garden as a fundamental part of the visiting experience. These aspects are common to other museums built in the French Riviera in the same period, such as the Maeght Foundation in Saint Paul de Vence and the Musée Leger in Biot.The strong connection between architecture and collection is the outcome of the collaboration between Hermant and Chagall, the latter aspiring to a building capable to fully embody the spirituality of his works.Such a direct involvement is also visible in the large decorative windows of the auditorium and in the mosaic which overlooks the museum' s pool, all conceived by Chagall and made under his direct supervision.Admiring the architecture is just one of the best things to do at Musee March Chagall.
2. The Mediterranean Garden
The beautiful Mediterranean garden which surrounds the building also plays a fundamental role to give the museum that calmness Chagall desired so much. It is a must thing to do at Musee March Chagall. The garden is planted with olive trees, cypresses, and maritime pines: Chagall also collaborated with landscape designer Henri Fish, choosing personally a number of flowering plant species because of their colors, mostly whites, and blues; a number of African Lily plants were also included so to blossom every 7th July, Chagall's birthday.
3. The Museum's Collection
The museum's collection is based on a donation by Chagall of paintings mostly inspired by religious themes. The centerpiece of the collection is the famous Bible Cycle (also known as Biblical Message), consisting of seventeen paintings – depicting the Genesis, the Exodus and the Song of Songs – made by Chagall in the early 1950s. Over time, the museum's collection has been expanded through acquisitions and bequests; it is today one of the world's largest collections exclusively focused on Chagall's works. These paintings are beautiful and it's a must to see during your Musee March Chagall tour.
4. Calm And Colorful
The next thing to do at Musee Marc Chagall is to see its calm and colorful artworks. This universe, dedicated to the works of Chagall, is teeming with colors used in original and unexpected ways. In a calm monastery, you are invited to embark on the same legendary path as Marc Chagall, one of the pioneers of Modernism, a cultural movement that took Western societies by storm from the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th. During your journey, you will pass through a first room forming three polygons. You'll be able to admire 12 large paintings, illustrating the first two books of the Old Testament: Genesis and Exodus.
5. Bookshop - Gift Shop
The shop has a vast range of reference publications on modern art – and particularly on the work of Marc Chagall and his contemporaries – on sale: catalogs and guides in different languages, scientific publications, and books introducing children to art. You can also find reproductions of Chagall's works there, alongside a selection of jewelry, molds of the Ateliers du Louvre, scarves, tee-shirts and cultural items that are original gift ideas for you to take away as a precious souvenir of your visit. This could be a nice thing to do at Musee Marc Chagall.
How to Get Tickets?
Musee Marc Chagall tickets can be purchased at the ticket office when you arrive. The ticket price is EUR 8 for adults and EUR 6 for students and children. Groups of minimum 10 people pay EUR 6.50 per person. The museum is free for visitors under 26 (EU citizens or visitors with EU visas and long residence in EU), the disabled (MDPH or Cotorep card), teachers (valid education pass), beneficiaries of a number of welfare benefits, and for all on the first Sunday of each month. The tickets include access to the permanent collection, temporary exhibition and audioguide (French, English, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish)
How To Get Around?
Musee Marc Chagall tour can be done by walking. The museum is accessible for disabled. The location is strategic, you can just walk or cycle to other attractions. Other two major museums, the Musée Matisse and the Archaeological Museum of Nice Cimiez, are located nearby.
What Should I Wear?
There is no fixed dress code to visit Musee Marc Chagall. Wear anything comfortable for you.
Best Time to Visit
The museum is open daily except on Tuesday, 1st January, 1st May, 25th December. You can do Musee Marc Chagall tour at any time of the year.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you will not need a guide to explore the museum. There is an audioguide included with your ticket and it's enough to help you learn about the museum.
How To Get There?
Nice has a good public transportation system. It is also a nice city to be explored by foot. Musee Marc Chagall can be reached by cycling or walking from the city center. If you go by train, stop at Nice Ville SNCF train station and walk for a few minutes to the museum. If you take the bus, find Bus number 15, and stop at 'Marc Chagall' stop or find Nice Le Grand Tour bus, and stop at 'Marc Chagall' stop.
Payment at the entrance of the museum by cash (only €), french check, visa and master cards, maestro or JCB. You are allowed to take photos of the inside museum and artworks.