Musée Masséna

Nice, France

Originally built as a holiday home for Prince Victor d’Essling (the grandson of one of Napoleon’s favourite generals, Maréchal Massena), the lavish belle-époque Musée Masséna is another of the city’s iconic architectural landmarks. Built between 1898 and 1901 in grand neoclassical style with an Italianate twist, it’s now a fascinating museum dedicated to the history of the Riviera – taking in everything from holidaying monarchs to expat Americans, the boom of tourism and the enduring importance of Carnival.

Although the museum itself is rather spotty and unfocused, the sumptuous villa is a pleasure to explore.  There are some very intriguing artifacts, artworks and displays (especially on Napoleon), but you will probably not catch the full significance due to complete lack of English explanations; and even if you do read French, the signs are dryly written and difficult to read.

The first floor is decorated with artwork, antique furnishings and personal effects from the Massena family that built this home, and whose family history was deeply entwined with Napoleon and the history of Nice.  The second floor is consecrated on thematic elements of the history of Nice from the 19th century through just before WWII, including military memorabilia and uniforms.

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Rue de Rivoli 30, Nice, France
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Founded: 1898-1901
Category: Museums in France

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en.nicetourisme.com

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4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

DAnica Mracevic Jurisic (19 months ago)
Beautiful and really worth your time
Shahrzad Rasekh Mofakham (2 years ago)
A nice place to visit with family or alone
B Sz (2 years ago)
Impressive museum with loads of portraits of famous French historical figures and old posters of various kinds in amazingly furnished baroque rooms. The view from the outside is stunning. I will never get tired of palm trees and bright green grass around beautiful old buildings.
Kathleen Evans (2 years ago)
Open air jazz concert in the garden of this lovely museum last night. All totally free and ample seating provided by the town of Nice.Free face masks also handed out
Dr Hans Gruber (2 years ago)
Lovly, you need time for this wonderful museum.
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