Going for the impressive, the design of the mansion house was in fact modeled on the Petit Trianon at the Chateau de Versailles on the outskirts of Paris. And even though it had all the modern day facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms and offices, these were hidden behind the handsome decor of the wood-paneled apartments so as not to distract from the building, its architecture and his collections.
And even though Comte Moise de Camondo intended to bequeath his mansion and collection to his son, unfortunately his son, Nissim, was killed in an air battle in the June of 1917 during World War I.
So after this tragic loss, Moise decided to bequeath his property to the Arts Decoratifs in memory of his son, Nissim, and this French museum in Paris first opened its doors the year after Moise de Camondo died in 1935.
However, the story does not end there, as his daughter, son-in-law and their two children all died in Nazi concentration camps in World War II and so unfortunately, the family blood line completely died out.
About the Musee Nissim de Camondo Museum in Paris
You will find that the mansion house has been fully preserved in its original condition and therefore offers the visitor an opportunity to discover the taste of a great collector. Therefore, while you are on holiday in Paris, you can get a real feel of everyday life as it was in an aristocratic home, not forgetting the exceptional collection of art objects as well.
Some of things you will be able to see include the antique woodwork that serves as a backdrop to furniture produced by cabinet makers and joiners who were working for the Garde Meuble Royal, which translates to the Royal Furniture Repository.
There are also gilt bronze clocks, wall clocks, barometers, chandeliers and mounted vases that adorn cabinets along with spectacular masterpieces such as the Orloff silver dinner service that was commissioned by Catherine II of Russia from the silversmith Roettiers in 1770.
Other objects and items Moise collected include a porcelain dinner service made in the 1780’s at Sevres, along with numerous sculptures, busts, portraits and many paintings that depict different hunting scenes and landscapes.
Access to the Musee Nissim de Camondo Museum
This unusual museum in Paris is open on Wednesdays through to Sundays from 10am to 5.30pm, yet is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and all National Holidays.
An audio guide is included in the price of admission, which is €7.50 as of 2012 and the audio guide is available in different languages, yet it is free to the disabled.
However, we would like to point out that it is only the ground floor that is accessible to the disabled as there is no lift to the upper floors, due to the fact that this stunning mansion house has been kept totally original.
The nearest Metro stations are Villiers and Monceau, both on line 2.
Address and Contact Details
Musee Nissim de Camondo
63 Rue de Monceau
Tel: +33 (0) 1 53 89 06 50 or +33 (0) 1 53 89 06 40
Tourist attractions close by
- Muse Jacquemart Andre
- Square Marcel Pagnol
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Musee Nissim de Camondo in Paris
The Musee Nissim de Camondo museum in Paris is probably one of the most sumptuous private homes from the early 20th century that has been fully preserved as a museum and is located in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris.
A bit of history on Comte Moise de Camondo..
Comte Moise de Camondo was born in Istanbul during the year 1860 into a Jewish family that owned one of the largest banks in the Ottoman Empire, which had been established in France since 1869 and so, following in the family footsteps Comte Moise also became a reputed Parisian banker.
He was a passionate collector of French furniture and art objects from the eighteenth century and amassed a fabulous collection of unusual quality and so, in the year 1911 Moise de Camondo hired the architect Rene Sergent to build a private mansion. And he chose the location next to Parc Monceau that would be suitable not just for his collection, but also for his family.