This Baroque-style palace was built in the early 17th-century for the richest and most powerful family in Nice, the Vintimille-Lascaris family. It has since been restored to its splendour and is now a museum devoted to the art and music of the 17th and 18th-century.
The family kept the building until 1801, just after the French Revolution. In the years that followed, Nice fell into decay. The palace similarly fell into despair, housing squatters until restorations began in the 1960s.
Today, the museum is organised into three parts: a temporary exhibition, a 500-strong collection of ancient musical instruments (the second largest in France), and many lavishly restored rooms, with furniture and artefacts from the Medieval Age.