The International Museum of Perfume was initially founded in 1918 in the world capital of perfume, the small French town of Grasse. Grasse is the birthplace of luxury perfumes, where the tones produce jasmine and lavender, and most locals are involved in perfume production. It was here where Coco Chanel launched her now iconic perfumes, and it is where you can see the chronological order of perfume production. The International Museum of Perfume showcases the four thousand-year history of perfumes, soaps, make-up, and cosmetics, from tools and objects used in perfume-making to rare exhibits. The entry fee is very affordable, and you can even catch a free entry every first Saturday from October to March.
Antibes is impressive with its long, rich history, but here we’ll talk about Chateau Grimaldi, better known today as the Musee Picasso. Pablo Picasso stayed as a guest in the Chateau in 1946; the building was later turned into a museum – the first museum in the world dedicated to Picasso. Later, the artist donated some of his works to the museum, and today, you can find 245 works by Picasso, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures. The museum has works by other notable artists as well.
If you plan on visiting Menton while you stay at Villa Hippocampo in Villefranche-sur-Mer, we propose you don’t miss the Musee Jean Cocteau, located on the seafront in Menton. It is no secret that the artist loved the French Riviera and drew murals on many walls in different towns and villages along the coast. While he resided in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the artist was offered an old villa in Menton called the Bastion to be converted into a museum in his honor. Cocteau loved the idea and invested in many of the designs and details. The official opening happened in 1966 and was known as the Bastion. Today, the museum houses an incredible collection of works of art from the artist and other personal possessions like letters, drawings, lithographs, and more.
The Renoir Museum in Cagnes-sur-Mer is a wonderful testament to the life and works of the famed artist. The museum is in a grand estate, with an extensive garden planted with olive and citrus trees and a majestic panorama of the Mediterranean in the background. However, you can walk through the exhibitions and see how the artist lived for the last 12 years, the furniture he used, and the studio where he created some of his most creative works.
Mougins is a village near Grasse, and it is the home of the beautiful Musee d’Art Classique de Mougins or the Mougins Museum of Classical Art. Any art lover will find the museum appealing, as it holds a unique exhibition of ancient, neoclassical, modern, and contemporary art. You can see artifacts from ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece, along with art pieces from Cezanne, Chagall, Picasso, Renoir, Cocteau, Dali, Damien Hirst, Matisse, Moor, Rodin, and Tolouse-Lautrec.
Monaco is a must-see place if you decide to vacation and explore the Cote d’Azur, and when here, you should not miss the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. The museum was established in 1910 in a beautiful Baroque Revival-style building overhanging on the edge of the Rock of Monaco. The museum houses over 6000 live marine species in its aquariums and has thousands of specimens, models, ethnographic objects, and historical exhibits.
Saint Tropez is worth exploring for many things, and the Citadel is one of the most important historic open-air museums you can visit. Any historic buff will enjoy roaming through the medieval fortress that has protected the city for centuries. Today, the Citadel operates as a Museum of Maritime History, and visitors can explore the dungeons and the turrets and see glimpses of the activities of sailors of times past.