The National Museum of Sport is sure to score

If you’re a museum enthusiast, then you’ll know the Riviera boasts many, ranging from modest village exhibits to the spectacular Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

While most of France’s best-rated musées are in Paris, one local museum has made TripAdvisor’s Top Ten: The Marc Chagall Museum on Ave Docteur Ménard in Nice rates 9th. One user on the travel website comments, “Plenty here for the Chagall enthusiast, and you can take photos too.”

Musée National du SportPhoto credit: Musée National du Sport

But there’s a new museum that you’ll quickly become a fan of. The Musée National du Sport (www.museedusport.fr) at Nice’s Allianz Riviera Stadium was founded in 1963 and previously located in Paris before relocating late 2013 to Bd des Jardiniers in Nice. Over 5,860m² (and for €5), you can relive the country’s “great moments in the history of sport” with 400,000 documents and 45,000 artefacts such as jerseys, trophies and photographs.

At a cost of €18 million, the museum employs 19 people full-time, and was funded by a public-private partnership, including the city of Nice. “The National Sports Museum brings together a unique collection that traces the history of sport beautifully,” said the mayor, Christian Estrosi, himself a former top athlete who donated one of his racing motorcycles. Take that, TripAdvisor.


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