Fondation Maeght, Alpes-Maritimes visitors guide
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The Fondation Maeght is an art gallery and exhibition area on the hill above Saint-Paul-de-Vence, itself situated in the southern part of the Alps-Maritimes department of Provence, inland from Cannes and Nice.
Established in the 1960's, the Fondation Maeght is a modernist style museum in a lovely woodland setting with far reaching views. It attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year and is known as being one of the finest modern art museums in France.
Above all it is known for its extensive collections of Giacometti and Miro sculptures - the latter are mostly large works displayed in the terraced gardens. Various works by other artists can also be seen, with paintings, drawings and sculptures, also exhibits showing how the artists worked. See the photo gallery below for examples.
It is a very interesting place to visit and highly recommended if you are an art enthusiast visiting the region (although I though the admission charge (see visitor details below) was a bit high - it is more expensive than the Museum of Modern Art in New York, for example). You can see some of the highlights in the photo gallery below.
The Maeght building itself is also interesting and attractive, with a whitewashed modern style and quarter-circle roofs to allow diffused light to enter the galleries, that integrates very harmoniously in the natural environment.
There is also a shop within the Fondation Maeght selling prints and books but also limited edition lithographs signed by the artists and prices from about 100 euros to about 8000 euros for a signed Miro lithograph, Bring your wallet!
Visitor details - Fondation Maeght
At the time of our visit entrance to the Fondation Maeght costs 14 euros per adult, plus 5 euros for the right to take photographs, or 9 euros for students and under 18's, and free for under 10's. It is open all year round, opeing at 10am closing at 18.00 (closing 19.00 July - September)
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Baou de Saint-Jeannet: site of natural beauty (6 km)
- Parc Phœnix: zoo or wildlife park (9 km)
- Marineland d'Antibes: aquarium (10 km)
- Gourdon: most beautiful village (11 km)
- Le Vallon du Brec: remarkable garden (12 km)
- Jardin botanique: remarkable garden (12 km)
- Cascade de Gairaut: site of natural beauty (12 km)
- Nice: secteur sauvegarde (13 km)
- Jardin botanique de la villa Thuret: remarkable garden (13 km)
- Grasse: secteur sauvegarde (16 km)
- Jardin de la Villa Fort de France: remarkable garden (16 km)
- Parc zoologique du Cap Ferrat: zoo or wildlife park (17 km)
The French version of this page is at Fondation Maeght (Francais)