The Maeght Fondation art museum is a world-class art museum – where you can experience Miró, Chagall, Tal Coat and many more artists
The Maeght Fondation art museum has one of Europe’s largest collections of paintings, sculptures and modern art with over 13,000 artifacts.
Modern art in all its forms is displayed here. Painters and sculptors collaborated with the Catalan architect in creating works directly integrated into the building and the nature around it.
The Giacometti inspired courtyard, the Miro maze with sculptures and ceramics, murals and mosaics by Chagall and Pierre Tal Coat, the basin and George Braque’s stained glass window in the chapel, Pol Burys fountain.
Fondation Maeght combines indoor and outdoor spaces with a sculpture garden, courtyards, terraces, exhibition rooms, chapel, library and bookstore and a cozy café.
Maeght Fondation is created by visionary art lovers
The museum was created by Marguerite and Aimé Maeght in 1964. They were very visionary and art dealers who, among other things, were friends with a number of the most significant artists of the 20th century; Joan Miró, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, Marc Chagall and others.
Their inspiration they got, among other things, from their travels to the United States in the 50s and not least by The Guggenheim Foundation.
Fondation Maeght is a private institution and thus does not receive funding from the public sector. It operates solely on the basis of entrance fees and donations from private individuals.
End the visit with café Fondation
Fondation Maeght is a “must see” and it is recommended to end the visit with a small meal in the cozy café Fondation, which is located right at the end, overlooking the impressive garden.
Gallery from Fondation Maeght:
Monday – Sunday:
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (July – August)
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (rest of the year)
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time
- Churches & chapels
- Food & Wine
- Squares & Promenades
La Petite Cave – a wine cottage in a unique 14th-century cave
If you like wine in exceptional surroundings, La Petite Cave in St. Paul’s cave is a must visit. The cave dates back to the 14th century.
The Collegial Church
The 17th century marked the golden age of the church in Saint-Paul de Vence. Here, in 1666 the church was raised to the rank of Collegial Church by the bishop Antoine Godeau of Vence
The Cemetery of Saint-Paul de Vence
The cemetery of Saint-Paul de Vence is one of the most visited cemeteries on the Côte d’Azur – here rests several celebrities – including Chagall, Escoffier & Maeght.
Célestin Freinet school
The famous schoolteacher and educator Célestin Freinet (1896-1966) taught in Saint-Paul de Vence between 1928 and 1933.
The Folon chapel – The White Penitents
Experience the admirable Folon Chapel, a design work of Jean-Michel Folon and learn more about an artist who had strong ties to Saint-Paul de Vence for over thirty years.
Le Fromager in Saint-Paul de Vence offers a nice little stop where you can enjoy different kinds of sandwiches, dried fruits and drinks…
Grand Fontaine 1850
La Grande Fontaine was built in 1850 in the Provencal style and has inspired many painters and photographers over time.
Pétanque at Place de Gaulle
Learn to play pétanque at perhaps the world’s most famous pétanque court at Place de Gaulle. The local tourist office can provide an educational lesson.
Walk along the western rampart
“Henri Layet discovery walk” – this is a wonderful little walk on a recently created path that runs along the western side of the city.
La Colombe d’Or
La Colombe d’Or is one of the world’s most famous restaurants, visited by the most famous people in the world.
Lucky the Horse by Rémi Pesce
The artist, Rémi Pesce, used 3,000 horseshoes to create Lucky the Horse, each representing Saint-Paul’s approx. 3,000 inhabitants.
- Churches & chapels
Hike Vence – Baou des Blancs
The hike from the center of Vence to the top of Baou des Blancs is a stunningly beautiful and varied trip all year round. When the summit is reached, the reward is a fabulous view.
Hike to Saint-Paul de Vence
This hike to Saint-Paul de Vence from the center of Vence is neither too long nor too strenuous, but rather beautiful and cozy.
Saint Elisabeth chapel
Saint Elisabeth chapel in Vence impresses with its rediscovered fresco paintings by Giovanni Canavesio, and its history dates back to the 14th century.
Ranch El Bronco
Horseback riding and hiking from the top of the Col de Vence – for both beginners and experienced.
The Museum of Vence
The Musée de Vence / Fondation Émile Hugues is situated in the heart of the historic city center and is among the very popular sights on the Côte d’Azur.
Here in the middle of the old medieval town of Vence you will find France’s smallest cathedral. Usually one expects cathedrals to be large and impressive…
Dedicated to the Polish master writer Witold Gombrowitz and beautifully situated in Villa Alexandrine.
Chapel Pénitents Blancs
This chapel is the largest and most interesting chapel in Vence. Centrally located, just a few hundred meters from Place Grand Jardin, on the ancient Roman road to Castallane…
Rosary Chapel by Matisse
The Rosary Chapel by Matisse is together with the cathedral in the old town Vence’s biggest attraction and one of Henri Matisse’s greatest masterpieces.