Palais Lascaris

Nice, France

The Palais Lascaris is currently a musical instrument museum. Located in the old town of Nice, it houses a collection of over 500 instruments, which makes it France’s second most important collection.

Built in the first half of the 17th century and altered in the 18th century, the palace was owned by the Vintimille-Lascaris family until 1802. In 1942, it was bought by the city of Nice to create a museum. The restorations began in 1962 and were completed in 1970, when the museum was opened to the public.

The historical musical instrument collection is formed around the bequest of the nineteenth-century niçois collector Antoine Gautier (1825-1904).



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Rue de la Loge 13, Nice, France
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Founded: 17th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France


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Huiting Jin (19 months ago)
Have cool collection of antique musical instruments. But very little explanation. My boyfriend and I used quite a lot of time tried to understand the structure of harpsichord, it will be great they wrote a few words about it.
Richard Hemingway (20 months ago)
Some fascinating old musical instruments on the top floor. Sadly the level of explanation was not up to the standards of other museums in Nice and the opportunities to add good audio experience not explored. The temporary exhibitions on other floors could also have been better curated.
Kate Berg (21 months ago)
It was an interesting place. We got in for free because we were students with ID, so I can't speak to if it's worth the price. There were entertaining things to see related to music.
The Aardvark Arrives (21 months ago)
I've got mixed feelings about Palais Lascaris. It has some attractive rooms, with Baroque decor and interesting wonky doors, but it's all a bit tired and faded. It houses a major historical musical instrument collection, which is interesting to drift through, but really only engaging to an officianado. So drop in but not really an essential must do in Nice.
Lucas Van Grinsven (2 years ago)
Big mansion hidden in a narrow street. Well preserved. Features loads of 17th century tapestries and a bequest of musical instruments, but you also just enjoy the building and interiors. Good deal: the 10 euro entrance ticket is valid for 24 hours in a handful of other museums in Nice.
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