Marc Chagall Museum

Nice, France

The Musée Marc Chagall is dedicated to the work of painter Marc Chagall - essentially his works inspired by religion - located in Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes.

The museum was created during the lifetime of the artist and inaugurated in 1973. It houses the series of seventeen paintings illustrating the biblical message, painted by Chagall and offered to the French State in 1966. This series illustrates the books of Genesis, Exodus and the Song of Songs.

Chagall himself provided detailed instructions about the creation of the garden by Henri Fish, and decided the place of each of his works in the museum. The chronological order of the works was not followed. Chagall created the mosaic which overlooks the pond and the blue stained glasses that decorate the concert hall; he also wanted an annual exhibition to be held on a topic related to the spiritual and religious history of the world.

As the collection has grown, what was a museum illustrating the theme Biblical message has become a monographic museum dedicated to Chagall's works of religious and spiritual inspiration. In 1972, the artist gave the museum all the preparatory sketches of the Message Biblique as well as stained glass and sculptures, and in 1986, the museum acquired, in lieu of inheritance taxes, the complete drawings and gouaches painted to depict the Exodus and ten other paintings, which includes the triptych named Résistance, Résurrection, Libération. Other acquisitions complemented the museum's collections, which now has one of the largest collection of works by Marc Chagall.


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Founded: 1973
Category: Museums in France


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James Robertson (16 months ago)
Excellent. Audio guide did wonderful job of describing each painting. Staff most helpful. Outdoor cafe on the grounds was pleasant surprise.
Hayley Grimes (16 months ago)
A very relaxing place to visit. Makes you think about and consider the inspiring art work and the meaning behind the paintings. We really enjoyed exploring the art gallery.
Noble Lee (17 months ago)
Loved the museum, the staff were pretty rude though. Usually, there is no fee for students, only adults. Luckily, the day we came, there was some event going on so we got in for free! There's a gift store at the entrance, which is nice. And a café outside.
Ian Encarnacion (17 months ago)
The collection of Marc Chagall is an exquisite mirror of the eyes of the artist. The museum contains an array of collection from mosaics, stained glass, oil on canvass, water colors, and ceramics, all reflecting Chagall's belief in the perfect poem - The Bible. It is recommended to stay an hour and a half to admire the works of this national French artist.
Michael Stern (17 months ago)
A perfect solution to a gray day in Nice. Chagall’s brilliant canvases show his inspiration from the colors of the Mediterranean in interpreting passages from the Old Testament. Free audio guides enhance the experience. Note that the extensive explanations on the audio guide mean that a visit of 2 hours minimum is needed.
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