Villa Masséna museum

Villa Masséna museum

Villa Masséna is an architectural jewel from the Belle Epoque period, next door to the magnificent Hotel Negresco, and today houses a museum of the history of Nice and the memorabilia of Napoleon.

The magnificent architectural Villa Masséna by architect Hans-Georg Tersling

Villa Masséna
This fantastic villa was built between 1898 and 1901 by Danish architect Hans Georg Tersling, who also built the Russian Church  in Menton.

It is a neoclassical-style building, clearly inspired by Italian architecture.

Villa Masséna was, from its beginning, the winter residence of Prince Victor d’Essling, grandson of Niçois André Masséna. His son, André, then inherited the villa and gave it to the city of Nice in 1919.

Villa Masséna Museum – the history of Nice
In 1921, the villa is transformed into a museum for the history of Nice and memorabilia about Napoleon.

Today you can experience the villa’s impressive rooms and decorations, furniture and paintings.

Dining-room in villa Masséna museum Nice
Dining room in the beautiful Villa Masséna – ©

In addition, there is a fine collection of paintings, posters and photos of old Nice and a model of the Casino la  Jetée-Promenade that once stood over the water at the Promenade des Anglais.

The then elegant casino from 1880, La Jetée-Promenade

Napoleon’s memorabilia
Particularly interesting is also  Napoleon’s memorabilia: among other things, a vest that he wore when he was on the island of St. Helena, Napoleon’s death mask made by Dr. Arnolt, Joséphine’s tiara in mother of pearl, gold, pearls and colored stones given by King Joachim Murat to the Empress and a collection of poems dedicated to Napoleon written by the magistrate Stéhpen Liégeard.

Memorial site for the victims of the Nice terrorist attack in 2016
The peaceful garden of Villa Masséna houses a special memorial for the 86 victims of the terrorist attack in Nice on 14 July 2016.

The memorial site is located just to the right of the entrance from the Promenades des Anglais.

Here are pictures of the victims and a heart with everyone’s names engraved (see the picture in the gallery below).

By Tommy Sverre / 2021

Gallery from the Villa Masséna museum in Nice:

Every day 10-18, except Tuesday

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