Musée Massena

Price guide: Free

35 Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 06000

Price guide: Free

Musée Massena
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expert-rated things to do in Nice
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Art, Design and architecture, History

Expert review of Musée Massena

Nice for the nobility.

Re-opened in 2008 after restoration, this great villa-museum tells the story of Nice from the Napoleonic era to the mid-20th century.

But it also tells its own story, as an example of just how outrageously our rich and aristocratic forebears tried to out-pomp one another once they arrived in Nice.

Marble halls and sumptuous reception rooms don’t so much suggest fine classical taste as ram it in your face. The splendid gardens are the only ones left on the French Côte-d’Azur by 19th-century landscaper Edouard André. There’s not a shred of self-doubt about the place. Visit with a parasol, or in a boater, if you can.

More information on Musée Massena:

Price guide:
Art gallery, Castle / palace, Museum
35 Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 06000
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Open daily, bar Tuesdays, 10am-6pm.

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