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Musée des Beaux-Arts du Palais Carnolès

  • Also a garden.
  • Location: 3 Ave de la Madone
  • Entry: free
  • This Fine Arts museum is in the old summer residence of the Princes Grimaldi of Monaco.

L'Ecomusée de la forge

  • Location: 2 rue du Grenadier
  • Entry: free
  • 19th century blacksmith's forge.

Galerie d'Art du Palais de l'Europe

  • Location: 8 Ave Boyer
  • Entry: free
  • This art gallery exhibits French and foreign contemporary artists. Located in the old casino, constructed in 1908-09 by the Danish architect Hans Georg Tersling.

Musée Jean Cocteau

  • Location: Vieux Port
  • Open: All year, 10h-12h, 14h-18h
  • Closed: Tue and holidays
  • Entry: 3 euros. Free the first Sun of the month and for under 18s.
  • The Bastion, a small 17th-c for was converted by Jean Cocteau into an exhibition place for his work, including drawings, paintings and tapestries.

The Mentonese Faiences

  • Location: 63 Bvd du Fossan
  • Open: daily 9h-12h, 14h30-17h
  • Closed: Sat, Sun

Regional Prehistory Museum

  • Location: Rue Lorédan Larchey
  • Entry: Free. Group guided visits are available for up to 25 students per group (54 euros).
  • Menton's Musée de préhistoire Régionale is located two blocks northeast of the town hall (Mairie), at the top of the Rue Loredan-Larchey. The interior is fairly small (by big-city standards) but the presentations are outstanding. And the prehistoric history displayed is based around local discoveries in the caves of Vallonet, Lazaret and Grimaldi – with also the Vallée de Merveilles (Mercantour) and the Terra Amata site of Nice.

    The displays include several individual diaramas with life-size bronze figures in typical settings. There are different audio-visual presentations, and many informative graphical diagrams.

Salle des mariages (Wedding Hall)

  • Location: Place Ardoïno
  • Open: daily, 8h30-12h30, 14h-17h
  • Closed: Sat, Sun, holidays
  • Entry: 1.50 euros; under 18s free
  • Decorated with wall paintings in the 1950s by Jean Cocteau.

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