Near Nice, France's only carnival museum, the fruit of a passion

In June 2019, in the village of Contes, twenty minutes from Nice, Sébastien Dalbera has turned his personal collection into a Carnival Museum, the only one in France dedicated to this festivity.

With models of floats, "big heads" and costumes, the Carnival Museum offers an introduction to this ancestral art.

500m² are dedicated to the secrets of carnival creations, from small cardboard figurines to Nice's famous "big heads", disproportionate cardboard figures representing celebrities and others.

Both fun and historical, the museum aims to shed light on the work of carnival-goers, while passing on this ancestral art to younger visitors.

 

A little history...

First and foremost, it's the story of a child who was fascinated by the Nice Carnival from an early age.

He took an interest in the behind-the-scenes workings of the floats and the famous Grosses Têtes, and at the age of 12 received his first prize for building a miniature float. His childhood dream came true when he became a carnival worker for the Nice Carnival.

Over the years, he accumulated a wealth of collectors' items and miniature models.

From fragments of the Nice carnival, he then widened his field of research to various carnivals in the region and the rest of the world.


"The oldest piece we have dates back to 1875, two years after the start of the municipal carnival. But it's constantly evolving, so we change with the times," explains Sébastien Dalbera.

 

Carnival Museum

146, chemin Las Ayas

06390 Contes

Tel.: 06 89 20 17 64

www.museeducarnaval.com

 

  

 

 


To go further....

Masques du monde

Réalisé à partir des collections exceptionnelles du musée international du Carnaval et du Masque de Binche (Belgique), l'ouvrage présente une sélection commentée des plus beaux masques du monde entier. Les traditions masquées ne se limitent pas aux scènes carnavalesques. Le masque est universel et sa tradition remonte à la nuit des temps. L'homme a en effet depuis toujours ressenti la nécessité de se masquer pour invoquer les dieux ou les forces de la nature, pour affirmer sa puissance et son pouvoir, pour assurer la cohésion de la communauté ou se divertir... Dans ce beau livre exceptionnel sont reproduits et commentés près de 250 masques (parfois accompagnés de leurs éléments de costumes) en provenance de la plupart des continents.

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