The Archeological Museum of Nice-Cimiez is located on the outskirts of the ancient city of Cemenelum (Cimiez), between the amphitheatre and the three thermes from the third century. There, the visitor will find archeological remains from Nice-Cimiez and elsewhere.

View of the museum and its surroundings

The site

View of the Northern from the West: the frigidarium:

The Kemenelon Hill (=Cemenelum) was a base of the Ligures Vediantii (Vediantians) between the third and second centuries BC, and was subsequently chosen by Augustus (14 BC) as the site for the capital city of the Alpes Maritimae province. The archeological site incorporates three ensembles of baths built between the second and third century AD.

Once extricated from the earth that had accumulated over centuries, this ancient "sports and leisure complex" revealed among other things swimming pools, cold, tepid, and hot baths, steam rooms, and gymnasiums, covering an area of nearly two hectares.
After some destruction at the end of the fourth century, the erection of an Early Christian cathedral and baptistery stand as final manifestations of urban life in the fifth century.
On exhibit at the museum are objects found during excavations, models, and various documents concerning the architectural monuments.

The Early Christian basilica


Visit to the museum and the site
160, rue des Arènes
06 000 Nice, Tel. : +33 (0)4 93 81 59 57
E-mail :

Access : bus n°15, 17, 20, 22, busstop "Arènes" - 25 busstop "Monastère"

Full price : 3,80 € ; reduced price : 2,30 €
Free : sunday the 1st and the 3rd

Open every day 10-18h
· Closed Tuesdays, and certain holidays.
Visit to the archeological site : same times and admission price.

Guided tours of the museum and site : 3 € - Reduced price : 1,50 €

Library open on appointment

Museum shop

  • Books on the site and the archeological museum, scientific publications.
  • Books and magazines, publications for children, cutouts and antique and archeological models.
  • Exclusive moulds of pieces in the collection of the museum.
  • Reproductions of Greek and Italian vases.

Photos : © Musée Archéologique de Nice Cimiez
Authorized reproductions only