The Museums of Menton

The Museums of Menton

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Five Museums in Menton that you absolutely must visit during your stay at the Quality Hôtel Méditerranée Menton. The town of Menton is a town for tourism and culture, great to explore in all its different aspects. It has 5 museums that have been renovated, mostly by Jean Cocteau. This exceptional artist very quickly fell in love with the town of the lemon!

Musée des Beaux-Arts - Palais de Carnolès 

Le musée des Beaux-Arts – Palais de Carnolès is the former palace of the Princes of Monaco. Today it houses a museum of paintings and a remarkable rich collection of works by contemporary artists. Considered as one of the most beautiful museums in France, the exhibition can be seen at the Palace and continues on into the surrounding grounds where there are various sculptures amid different species of citrus trees.

3 Avenue de la Madone, 06500 Menton
Opening hours: Every day – 10.00am-12 noon/2.00pm-6.00pm except Tuesdays and Bank Holidays
Accessible on foot from the hotel in 18 minutes

 


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The Jean Cocteau Museum/Severin Wunderman Collection 

The Jean Cocteau Museum/Severin Wunderman Collection is situated a few minutes from the Quality Hôtel Menton Méditerranée, at the foot of the Menton Old Town, opposite the market. It opened in 2011, and the architecture combines a plain yet surprising quality with a rare elegance. You will find photos, paintings and sculptures by Jean Cocteau and his friends there, tracing the history of this remarkable artist.

2 Quai de Monleon, 06500 Menton
Opening hours: Every day – 10.00am-12 noon/2.00pm-6.00pm except Tuesdays and Bank Holidays
Access from the hotel: on foot – 5 minutes

 


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Musée du Bastion 

Le musée du Bastion was renovated by Jean Cocteau, who always had a special relationship with the town of Menton. He designed a good number of elements that are part of the structure of the museum, such as the pebble mosaic on the façade, representing a lizard, "the symbol of Mediterranean idleness", or the wrought iron windows. The architecture of the musée Bastion is remarkable, and the sea behind the museum carries us away, providing the opportunity for reflection and an escape from the everyday. Do not miss this visit during your stay at the Quality Hôtel Méditerranée Menton!

2 Quai de Monleon, 06500 Menton
Opening hours: Every day – 10.00am-12 noon/2.00pm-6.00pm except Tuesdays and Bank Holidays
Access from the hotel: on foot – 5 minutes

 


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Musée de Préhistoire Régionale – Regional Prehistory Museum

At the Regional Prehistory Museum, you will find a prehistoric collection bequeathed by Stanislas Bonfils, the first curator of the museum and organiser of digs. Going into this museum, you enter the heart of the history of mankind on the Mediterranean shore. Numerous collections of objects found in the region's archaeological sites in the region are there to discover!

14 - 16 Place du Musée, 06500 Menton
Opening hours: Every day – 10.00am-12 noon/2.00pm-6.00pm except Tuesdays and Bank Holidays
Access from the hotel: on foot – 5 minutes

 


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Jean Cocteau Weddings Hall 

The Jean Cocteau Weddings Hall is one of the sites that you must visit during your stay in Menton, whether you are a devoted fan of Jean Cocteau or not. The sumptuous, pastel-coloured hall, decorated by the master's hand, is still as fresh as when it was first created. This hall is both understated and magical, and you can book it for your wedding! 

17 Rue de la République, 06500 Menton
Opening hours: Every day – 10.00am-12 noon/2.00pm-6.00pm except Tuesdays and Bank Holidays
Access from the hotel: on foot – 2 minutes

 


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For those who are looking for a restful place or somewhere where they can reflect awhile, these 5 museums in Menton are made just for you! Jean Cocteau, who always had a special relationship with the Town of Menton, brought out the beauty in most of these museums, bringing pleasure to your eyes!