Fodor's Expert Review Carrée d'Art
Directly opposite the Maison Carrée and looking like an airport terminal, the glass-fronted Carrée d'Art was designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster as its neighbor's stark contemporary mirror. It literally reflects the Maison Carrée's creamy symmetry and figuratively answers it with a featherlight deconstructed colonnade. It contains a library, archives, and the Musée d'Art Contemporain (Contemporary Art Museum). The permanent collection falls into three categories: French painting and sculpture; English, American, and German works; and Mediterranean styles—all dating from 1960 onward. There are often temporary exhibits of new work, too.
Atop the museum, you can enjoy spectacular views of the city and top-quality local dishes at lunchtime at the Ciel de Nîmes. It's also an excellent spot for a drink or afternoon tea.