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“Musee Nissim de Camondo”

Musee Nissim de Camondo
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Ranked #17 of 2,185 things to do in Paris
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

This is one of the most dignified and distinguished small museums of the decorative arts in the world, and not generally known. It was put together by the Camondo family in memory of their son, Nissim de Camondo who died in WWI. The family then presented the Museum and its contents to the French nation and to the world. As you enter the Museum, on the wall at the side there is a plaque which explains that the rest of the family was murdered at Auschwitz in WWII.

The Collection is on three floors of a Paris town house or Hotel de Ville. The internal decoration of the rooms and the paintings and sculpture and objects of art in them are nearly all French eighteenth century which was very much to the Camondo taste (as it was to the Rothschilds at Waddesdon Manor in the UK).

The rooms at the Musee Nissim de Camondo are kept meticulously clean and fresh. And as well as paintings by Oudry and Boucher and busts by Houdun, there is a magnificent collection of Sevres porcelain.

Despite the family tragedy which understandably hangs over the house like a pall, the beauty of the individual pieces casts its spell and it is only on the way out that you see the plaque again and realize the price the Camondos paid for the sake of our pleasure. The Musee Nissim de Camondo is a seriously enjoyable experience.

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Absolutely beautiful 18th century mansion to tour when you visit Park Monceau. Three floors of antiques, painting and furnishings to reveal the rich life in Paris.

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

I don't recall how I stumbled upon finding out about this museum, but being non-crowd people, once I read about it, I knew it would be just right for us. It's tucked into a lovely but non-touristy part of Paris (right near the Parc Monceau, which is also worth strolling through). The house/mansion/museum is beautiful and reminded me, in every possible way, of a mini-Downton Abbey. The de Camondo family's story is heartbreaking. While we were there, access to a couple of rooms was abruptly restricted for no apparent reason (and the staff wasn't especially nice about it), but it is still worth visiting.

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Reviewed 2 November 2017

I loved a lot of things about this house, which truly enables you to imagine living in affluent 18th c Paris, but my absolute favorite was the porcelain dish service, over 200 pieces, each hand painted with an array of different birds. The new restaurant next door, “Camando,” is very nice with a lovely garden space.

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

......…of French decorative arts are in countries other than France, particular Britain and America. The Camondo, on the other hand, shows some of the best in France of the 18thC, in furniture, ormolu, porcelains Oriental and French, textiles and objects of everyday grand-luxe, in an admittedly 19thC setting, but brilliantly evoking an earlier period, with charming views over the garden to the parc Monceau.

The quality is astounding and the juxtaposition of periods, styles, materials and techniques is both instructive and aesthetically pleasing, so much better than the cold, over-lit sterility of the Louvre or the musée des arts Decoratif. ‘Spot-the-Masterpiece’ is an easy game here and kids of all ages will love it.

Thank Mike H
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