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“Building and views alone are worth the short hike up the hill”
Review of Musee de la Castre

Musee de la Castre
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Ranked #14 of 93 things to do in Cannes
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Building and views alone are worth the short hike up the hill”
Reviewed 3 January 2012

The "unique" collection inside the museum, which some might well call a bit "odd", is largely the collection of a Dutch nobleman assembled before 1850. That collection ranges from a fascinating and diverse group of approx 400 primitive musical instruments (magnificently displayed in a barrel-vaulted 12th Century Romanesque chapel) to tribal art (Oceania, pre-Columbian, Arctic and Himalayan) beautifully displayed. All of the displays and information are very well done. More pertinent to the area are Mediterranean antiquities and landscapes, seascapes and other impressionist art.
The buildings are reputed to reflect 11th Century origins with restorations/additions to date. The 360 degree view of Cannes from the tower (interior steps in good shape) is glorious.

Visited November 2011
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Spectacular views from the terrace!”
Reviewed 2 October 2011

The museum is very nice and interesting, located in the hilltop old city of Cannes, but the views from the terrace were fascinating! You could see the Hotel de Ville, the place were the Cannes Film Festival is held, and the sea..

Visited July 2011
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ojai, california
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“small, old-fashioned museum... a uniquely charming historic gem”
Reviewed 29 August 2010

in a world where most museums are turning into big cultural Disneylands, this old museum in Cannes offers a rare reprieve in time and space. The small, varied collections (mostly Mediterranean archeology, African instruments, history of Cannes) were assembled mostly in the 19th century. They reflect the personal taste of individuals (the donors), whose collecting habits may seem a bit odd, or old-fashioned, to contemporary viewers used to more slick, unified, commercial presentations brought to the public by corporate sponsors. The location, content and curatorial approaches of this small local museum is most satisfying to this assiduous museum visitor looking at art as a form of discovery.
They also have seasonal concerts.
The views over Cannes and the islands are extraordinary.

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“Odd museum”
Reviewed 4 June 2008

The museum is in an excellent location - situated at the top of the old town (Le Suquet).

However, it contains virtually no artifacts relating to the history of Cannes! The nearest thing comes in the shape of oil paintings hung on the first floor. Otherwise, it's the usual 'imperial' museum one associates with England: trophies of traveling from pre-1940 when French explorers - like their English counterparts - brought home numerous artifacts from the colonies.

There is little or no placing of Cannes in its historical context, nor its role before/after Napoleon plus little mention of the monks of Lerins, who helped create the modern settlement. For example, who would be aware that Douglas Fairbanks Jr was part of the naval bombardment of the Cote D'Azur (that included Cannes) in 1944, or that if we could see photographs from the war period no-one would recognise the beaches due to coastal defences, etc?

All in all? An interesting venue but one where more could be done.

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