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Musée des Explorations et du Monde (MEM) et sa tour carrée


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Located above the old quarter of Cannes, in the ruins of the medieval monastery of Lérins (a historic monument), the Musée de la Castre overlooks the Bay of Cannes, La Croisette and the Lérins Islands.

The museum displays prestigious collections belonging to the City of Cannes: primitive art from the Himalayas-Tibet, Oceania and pre-Columbian America, as well as Mediterranean antiquities, musical instruments from around the world (Africa, Asia, Oceania and America) alongside 19th century landscape paintings. It’s medieval sure tower (109 steps) offers an exceptional 360° panoramic view on Cannes and its region.

Presentation of the musée de la Castre
In 1919, the City of Cannes bought the buildings to house collections that were then in the Town Hall.

The convent building was laid out in a square, like a castle and its keep. There was a main building and a chapel inside the defensive walls. In the middle of the central courtyard stood a square tower, high enough to be used as a watchtower.

Just before entering the museum, visitors can see a garden with Mediterranean species, especially tall stone pines. From the garden there is a clear view towards the Mediterranean beaches. During your visit to the museum, you can enter the castle's inner courtyard, with the watchtower in the centre. After climbing up the 109 steps of this magnificent medieval structure, you can enjoy a 360° view over Cannes and the coast.

The collections of art and objects from Oceania, the Himalayas, the Arctic, a rich collection of Mediterranean antiquities and Pre-Columbian ceramics are kept in a series of small rooms with the gardens all around. Saint-Anne's Chapel (11th century) contains an exceptional series of musical instruments from all over the world (Asia, Africa, America, Oceania). Three rooms are devoted to Orientalism and the arts of Iran. The rooms look out on the museum courtyard and the square medieval tower (109 steps) with a wonderful view from the top. For part of the year, the Orientalist rooms give way to temporary exhibitions highlighting the variety of the Cannes collections.

Bequeathed to the City by Baron Lycklama in 1877, they reflect his love of antiquity, orientalism and, by means of ethnography and primitive arts, cosmopolitanism and travel.

A series of small rooms, surrounded by gardens, house collections of art and objects from Oceania, the Himalayas and the Arctic, as well as a wealth of Mediterranean antiquities and pre-Columbian ceramics. The Chapelle Ste-Anne (St Anne’s Chapel) (12th century) is home to an outstanding collection of musical instruments from around the world (Asia, Africa, America, Oceania).

Three rooms devoted to Orientalism and Iran arts open onto the museum’s courtyard and the 11th century square tower (109 steps) from where there is a stunning panoramic view.

Please dial +33 4 89 82 26 26 for information, someone will be available to help and guide you:
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

To go to the museum
Le Suquet - 06400 Cannes
By bus: lines 2 - 4 - 6AB - 7 - 8 - 10 - 12 - 20 - 21 - 35 - 610
and É-lo shuttle, stop: Hôtel de Ville
By car: nearby car park Suquet/Forville

Opening days and time
Last admission 30 mins before closing.
October to March: Open Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
April to June: Open Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Late-night opening in June: Wed. Until 9 p.m.
Closed on May 1st.

July to August:
Open Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Late-night opening: Wed. until 9 p.m.

Open Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Late-night opening: Wed. until 9 p.m
Closed Nov 1st and 11th, Dec 25th, Jan 1st.

Full price: €6
Concessions: €3 (proof required)
(ages 18 to 25, group of 10 adults and over)
Free on the 1st Sunday of each month from November to March inclusive, for visitors under 18 and for students aged under 26.
For reasons of security, large pieces of luggage are not allowed in the museums.

You can also reserve your museum tickets online.

Rates for guides from outside the museum (professional guides only)
Rates for private guides from outside the CIty of Cannes museums: €35 per group.
Free for teachers during school visits.

  • Type bordereau: Patrimoine culturel
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