Palais Lascaris
Palais Lascaris
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Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Situé au cœur de la vieille ville, il est le monument le plus remarquable du baroque civil niçois par son escalier monumental orné de fresques et ses salons luxueusement décorés. Le Palais a été édifié au milieu du XVIIe siècle, pour les Lascaris-Vintimille que Charles Emmanuel II, Duc de Savoie, considérait comme la « principalissima » des familles de la noblesse niçoise, et en perpétue la renommée.Il demeura la propriété de cette famille jusqu’à la Révolution. Mis en vente en 1802, il subit d’importantes dégradations. Racheté en 1942 par la ville de Nice, il fit l’objet d’un classement au titre des monuments historiques en 1946. Des travaux de réhabilitation débutèrent en 1963 et s’achevèrent en 1970, année de l’ouverture définitive du palais au public, en tant que musée municipal.
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  • JJJC_Family
    775 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was told by hotel employee this was excellent – ok more like it
    The reality is this is a pretty small palace with mediocre frescoes on walls & ceilings, at best. Exhibits of musical instruments are limited, but okay. They had musicians playing, due to Mars de Musees festival and it was all free. Still, we enjoyed it. Just set your expectations low and then you may be pleasantly surprised. Ditto for most tourist places in Nice. Nonetheless, overall, it is a wonderful place to visit. In fact, if you want to have a nice relaxing place to vacation, Nice and the Cote D’Azur are hard to beat. It’s probably a great place to retire to, as well. Try it. You will like it.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Susanne E
    Bouches-du-Rhone, France40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favorite building in Nice!
    What a beautiful building! A nice place to cool off and enjoy this little palace. It is even better to take the time to see this with a guide to hear the story of how they lived in the old times. There was a show on by Odon, amazing how the colors of his art worked with the furniture and paintings. Loved it!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 8 July 2023
  • TubaKoseogluOkcu
    Istanbul, Türkiye6,563 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Musical Instruments Museum
    Named after the family which owned it back in 17th century (until 1802), this palace located in the old town part of Nice serves today as a musical instruments museum. There are also temporary art exhibitions from time to time. It's a nice attraction both for musical instrument enthusiasts and old building fans. It takes around 2 hours to visit it. As it is located in the old town (meaning in a narrow street), there is no way to access it by car, beware of that.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • WPLandry
    Fairfax, Virginia552 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum
    This museum has a lot to offer and is likely overlooked by people passing by. We were lucky to stumble upon it. The home is magnificent on its own. When we were there, we were able to see a musical instruments exhibit and an art exhibit, both of which were interesting and enjoyable to learn about. The staff are very friendly and talkative, which helps to make the experience enjoyable as well.
    Bonjour, nous sommes ravis que votre visite du Palais Lascaris vous ai plu. Au plaisir de vous revoir dans nos murs
    Written 11 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 September 2023
  • nick w
    London, United Kingdom1,299 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Building Interiors & Fascinating Musical Instruments
    I will be honest and say that, on a rainy day, what first lured us into the museum was the visibly stunning interior and a chance to dry off. The entrance staircase and top floor rooms are indeed amazing. At first my attention was preoccupied by the building and not the musical instruments it houses. Gradually, however, I noticed these more and more.What a fascinating collection of 16th to 19th century instruments it houses, some familiar some I had never seen or heard of before. Glad we dropped by.
    Bonjour et merci de votre visite au Palais Lascaris. Nous sommes heureux que le Palais vous ai séduit. A bientôt
    Written 11 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 December 2023
  • Nickyhants
    Southampton, United Kingdom773 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a gem of a building and museum
    This little gem is free to visit if you have purchased the 15 Euros Nice Museum Pass, which gives you free access to most museums for 96 hours (even some in Monaco). The Musée du Palais Lascaris or Palais Lascaris, as it more often referred to in Nice, South France (available to visit free on the Nice Museum card) is well worth finding in the heart of Old Nice, if you are visiting the Square and/or markets and want out of the heat! It closes over lunch though, and many museums are shut Mondays. This one is hard to find, as it is just a black door on a side street, but don't let this fool you it is a large house with lots of exhibits, tapestries and paintings. It has a large collection of historic musical instruments as well. When I visited it had a temporary exhibition of giant 'dream catchers' which the manager of my hotel did not know about, and after seeing my pictures decided to go and see for himself in the near future. The house, which houses the exhibits, regularly hosts different temporary exhibitions as well as permanent ones. If you are visiting Nice and the old centre, this is definitely one to add to your list if you like history, musical instruments or old houses.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 March 2024
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Nickyhants
Southampton, UK773 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
This little gem is free to visit if you have purchased the 15 Euros Nice Museum Pass, which gives you free access to most museums for 96 hours (even some in Monaco).

The Musée du Palais Lascaris or Palais Lascaris, as it more often referred to in Nice, South France (available to visit free on the Nice Museum card) is well worth finding in the heart of Old Nice, if you are visiting the Square and/or markets and want out of the heat! It closes over lunch though, and many museums are shut Mondays.

This one is hard to find, as it is just a black door on a side street, but don't let this fool you it is a large house with lots of exhibits, tapestries and paintings. It has a large collection of historic musical instruments as well.

When I visited it had a temporary exhibition of giant 'dream catchers' which the manager of my hotel did not know about, and after seeing my pictures decided to go and see for himself in the near future. The house, which houses the exhibits, regularly hosts different temporary exhibitions as well as permanent ones.

If you are visiting Nice and the old centre, this is definitely one to add to your list if you like history, musical instruments or old houses.
Written 6 March 2024
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nick w
London, UK1,299 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I will be honest and say that, on a rainy day, what first lured us into the museum was the visibly stunning interior and a chance to dry off. The entrance staircase and top floor rooms are indeed amazing. At first my attention was preoccupied by the building and not the musical instruments it houses.

Gradually, however, I noticed these more and more.What a fascinating collection of 16th to 19th century instruments it houses, some familiar some I had never seen or heard of before. Glad we dropped by.
Written 8 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Bonjour et merci de votre visite au Palais Lascaris. Nous sommes heureux que le Palais vous ai séduit. A bientôt
Written 11 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Philip C
York, ME574 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I'm only reviewing this several months after our trip but found a receipt of our visit. Frankly, I can't remember much at all which is usually indicative of an unmemorable experience!
Written 29 October 2023
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Bonjour et merci de votre visite dans notre beau Palais. N'hésitez pas à revenir, nous organisons régulièrement des expositions temporaires qui retiendront votre attention.
Written 11 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

WPLandry
Fairfax, VA552 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This museum has a lot to offer and is likely overlooked by people passing by. We were lucky to stumble upon it. The home is magnificent on its own. When we were there, we were able to see a musical instruments exhibit and an art exhibit, both of which were interesting and enjoyable to learn about. The staff are very friendly and talkative, which helps to make the experience enjoyable as well.
Written 25 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Bonjour, nous sommes ravis que votre visite du Palais Lascaris vous ai plu. Au plaisir de vous revoir dans nos murs
Written 11 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

TubaKoseogluOkcu
Istanbul, Türkiye6,563 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Named after the family which owned it back in 17th century (until 1802), this palace located in the old town part of Nice serves today as a musical instruments museum. There are also temporary art exhibitions from time to time. It's a nice attraction both for musical instrument enthusiasts and old building fans. It takes around 2 hours to visit it. As it is located in the old town (meaning in a narrow street), there is no way to access it by car, beware of that.
Written 6 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Susanne E
Bouches-du-Rhone, France40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
What a beautiful building! A nice place to cool off and enjoy this little palace. It is even better to take the time to see this with a guide to hear the story of how they lived in the old times. There was a show on by Odon, amazing how the colors of his art worked with the furniture and paintings. Loved it!
Written 8 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JJJC_Family
Virginia775 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The reality is this is a pretty small palace with mediocre frescoes on walls & ceilings, at best. Exhibits of musical instruments are limited, but okay. They had musicians playing, due to Mars de Musees festival and it was all free. Still, we enjoyed it. Just set your expectations low and then you may be pleasantly surprised. Ditto for most tourist places in Nice. Nonetheless, overall, it is a wonderful place to visit. In fact, if you want to have a nice relaxing place to vacation, Nice and the Cote D’Azur are hard to beat. It’s probably a great place to retire to, as well. Try it. You will like it.
Written 21 June 2023
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jbg74
Saint Paul, MN1,060 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
This isn't a large museum. but the frescoes on the ceilings were amazing. There was a large collection of musical instruments here too. It was 5 Euro per person which was well worth the price just to see the amazing ceilings in the residence.
Written 5 May 2023
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CarloGenoa_Italy
Genoa, Italy215 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
A provincial baroque palace a far cry from its supposed models of Genoese style with low-quality frescoes and painting and a passable collection of musical instruments. Nothing memorable.
Written 6 January 2023
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targhee42
Tacoma, WA99 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Worth a 15-20 minute visit. Honestly, the best view is from just outside the entrance. But, there is an interesting collection of musical instruments, and the building itself has some character.
Written 3 December 2022
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