Musée des Explorations du Monde (Museum of World Explorations), Cannes

Musée des Explorations du Monde (Museum of World Explorations), Cannes (must see)

This museum was formerly known as the Castre Museum and re-named the Museum of World Explorations in 2021.

The Museum of World Explorations is situated in the medieval castle formerly used by the monks of Lérins. In 1877, Baron Tinco Martinus Lycklama to Nijeholt bequeathed his collection to the City of Cannes. The collection includes antiques and primitive art.

In 1919, the City of Cannes acquired buildings in Le Suquet to house the collection in the museum. The ancient buildings are the perfect setting to explore this treasured collection.

The collection includes art and artifacts from the Arctic, the Himalayas, and Oceania. Visitors will also find pre-Colombian ceramics and Mediterranean antiques.

Visitors can admire a beautiful Mediterranean garden. Once inside the museum, visitors can access the inner courtyard and the watchtower. Energetic view seekers can climb the 109 steps to the top of the tower. From the top, admire the 360-degree view of Cannes below.

In the 11th century Saint Anne Chapel, guests will find an exquisite collection of musical instruments from around the world. Instruments from Asia, Oceania, Africa, and the Americas are on display. Saint Anne Chapel also contains rooms with Oriental and Iranian art.

Operation hours: September, April - June: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm (until 9 pm on Wednesday);
October - March: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 5 pm.
July - August: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 6 pm.

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Musée des Explorations du Monde (Museum of World Explorations) on Map

Sight Name: Musée des Explorations du Monde (Museum of World Explorations)
Sight Location: Cannes, France (See walking tours in Cannes)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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