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Villa Massena - Musee d'Art et d'Histoire
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Masséna Musee, the architectural jewel of the Promenade des Anglais, evokes through its collections the art and history of the Riviera from the time of the attachment of Nice to France until the end of the Belle Epoque.
Reviewed July 13, 2013

Our hotel,West-End, is next door to the Massena Museum. It is an impressive Italianate neoclassical mansion fronting onto the Prom des Anglais. it boasts 23 exhibition rooms and lush gardens. The focus of the exhibits is the history of Nice through the eyes of painters,writers and musicians who lived in the area.
The interior is beautifully lit from both natural and artificial sources with the upstairs rooms offering lovely views of the sea and the greenery outside. the gardens are English style which provide an excellent place to relax out of the bustle and sunshine of Nice.
As you wander through the rooms you will find a repository of paintings,sculptures,furniture and decorations. The museum evokes a sense of the heydays of the town and is a primer for understanding the city better. Pass through the Great Gallery and you will be astounded by the sculptures,massive paintings,bronzes and candelabras. There are frescos and and a visual treat as the founding families and characters who shaped this city,reveal themselves,via portraits.
Entry is gratuis,however English speaking visitors......need to learn French.....as all signs and explanations are only in French.
Tip....check out the bookshop/souvenir shop for its sophistication and unbelievable stock of readable material on this fantastic city. Bon Appetite

Thank Eli B
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We went to collect our ticket and was told that it would be €20 for 2, contrary to what has been written on trip advisor. The fee included other attractions but we were not allowed to see this villa unless we bought the whole ticket €10 each. Unfortunately we didnot have the time to see the other museums. We walked through the gardens which were lovely and missed out on seeing the villa.

1  Thank Jenny M
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

It took us three visits before we found it was open (it was used as an event venue the first time and merely closed the second time) Although entry is free, you have to get a card from the office next to the main building. The photos of the house, its family and the development of Nice were very interesting.

Thank LondonbabyNwUk
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

My wife and I were on our way to the cinema but had to kill more than an hour. Fortunately the Palais Massena and the movie house share the same neighborhood. Nice has more than a dozen museums that are free and this is one of them. Actually its a beautiful family residence very well restored so that you can get a glimpse of what it was like to be an aristocrat during the 19th Century. Period costumes and jewelry may be viewed behind glass and the paintings and portraits give life to these folks now long dead like their way of life. The gardens are beautifully maintained.

1  Thank DelrayJack07
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Big House that contains some interesting artefacts from Napoleon and Josephine plus a lot of local history on the Prom des Anglais.

Thank CheshireMog
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