Where to See Art in Monaco
Art is a big theme in Monaco. The streets and gardens are good places to see fountains and sculptures, and many of the buildings have incredible art on the walls. Here are a few of the best places to see art in Monaco:
Villa Paloma & Villa Sauber
These two luxurious properties are now part of the ‘New National Museum of Monaco’ (NNMM), and home to incredible displays of art:
This art museum is located between Parc Princesse Antoinette and the Museum of Anthropology . Explore the villa and view the rotating modern art exhibits in this glamorous and historic 4-story hilltop house. Part of the ‘New National Museum of Monaco’, Villa Paloma has sweeping Monaco views from its outdoor lounge, which is a great place to sit and read. The gardens have a terraced Italianate look, surveying city and sea.
Villa Sauber is worth visiting for its renaissance architecture and pretty gardens alone. But the art’s nice too! Villa Sauber is one of the last Belle Epoque villas in Monaco. At the beginning of the 1900s, it belonged to the Blanc family who played a fundamental part in the development of the Société des Bains de Mer (SBM) and the Casino of Monte-Carlo.
The Casino of Monte Carlo
The walls and ceilings of the Casino de Monte Carlo are a sight to behold. Turn-of-the-century paintings adorn the Main Salon, which resembles a grand Chateau atrium. Don’t miss the ceiling paintings in the Salon Rose or the gorgeous Les Salles Touzet room with its paintings and intricate stained-glass ceiling. In La Salle Medecin, named after its architect, Francois Medecin, all the paintings are by one artist and represent the various moments throughout the day.
Each year in May, Monaco hosts a large art fair called Art Monte-Carlo. Check out our guide to Art Monte-Carlo.
Want more? Check out our guide to the best art museums on the French Riviera.