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Musee International d'Art Naif Anatole Jakovsky Museum, Nice

Collection showcasing the history of 'Naïve Art' from the 18th century to today

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The museum is located in the Chateau Sainte Hélène, the former private residence of perfume master François Coty, surrounded by a garden with rare aromatic plants. It showcases a collection of 'Naïve Art' paintings.

The collection was donated by Anatole and Renee Jakovsky (Anatole was a French art critic) in 1982. Naïve Art is the name given to artworks simple in both technique and subject matter, resulting in images drawn from the artist's imagination & spontaneity.

The collection covers the history of Naïve painting from the 18th century to the present day, and includes works loaned by the Georges Pompidou Centre National Museum of Modern Art. It showcases paintings and sculptures by Bauchan, Bombois, Séraphine, Lackovic, O'Brady, Ligabue, Rousseau, Rimbert, and many others.

Visitor comments

  • "I enjoyed this museum very much and learned much about the "naive" style. Also learned about the incredible technique from Venice in the 1300's, "huile sous verre". The museum is a pleasant walk uphill from the Promenade and in a nice neighbourhood of fine homes and parks." - Trip Advisor
  • "I enjoy this museum. The exhibit changes every 6 months or so. There is also a beautiful garden filled with large colourful sculptures. There is a wide variety of naif art and a nice bookstore that has interesting books for a reasonable price. The staff was friendly to us." - Trip Advisor
  • "This museum, while "off the beaten path" was a treasure. The works of art show true variety in the artists' creative minds! The ticket also allows same-day entry to the Museum of Contemporary Art." - Trip Advisor


The museum is located to the west of Nice on the route to Nice airport.

When to come

The museum is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on Tuesdays, January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th.

How to get passes

Tickets grant admission to all municipal museums and galleries, including the Fine Arts Museum, the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum and the Matisse Museum:

  • 10€ for 48hr admission
  • 20€ for 7 day admission
  • Groups of 10 people and more, 8€ for 48hr access. Free entrance to children under 18, students, unemployed persons, disabled persons, war veterans, museum curators and journalists.


Map of the surrounding area