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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Voichita Todor (2 years ago)
Wonderful violins collection; also very old clavecin and pianos.
Noemi Galli (2 years ago)
A lovely museum in the heart of Nice about the 17/18th centuries. It shows a variety of musical instruments used at that time and a bit of the royal french family that lived there.
diddy_dante (2 years ago)
If you like old music instruments (1700s string instruments and harpsichords, pianofortes and similar). I highly recommend it, it's free for minors (and students too I think), so why not check it out? It also has a bunch of portraits and some other items
Marianne Heredge (2 years ago)
Very interesting collection of portraits and musical instruments, but in a beautiful palace you wouldn't have noticed passing along rue Droit.
Aline Boundy (2 years ago)
The most amazing collection of musical instruments is to be found inside the Palais Lascaris. Everything from harps, harpsichords, accordions, mandolins, guitars, violins, as well as the more mechanical versions invented, including a kind of automatic piano from Nice itself. Well worth a visit.
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