Fodor's Expert Review Carrée d'Art

Nimes Art Museum

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.

Art Museum

Quick Facts

Pl. de la Maison Carrée
Nîmes, Occitania  30000, France

04–66–76–35–70

www.carreartmusee.com

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Rate Includes: €8

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