Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris

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Musée Nissim de Camondo is an elegant museum of French decorative arts located in the Hôtel Camondo. The mansion was built in 1911 by the Comte Moïse de Camondo, a banker, with architect René Sergent, to set off his collection of 18th-century French furniture and art objects. Its design was based on the Petit Trianon at Versailles, though with modern conveniences. Today, the house is maintained as if it were still a private home, preserved in its original condition. Three floors are open to you: the lower ground floor (kitchens), upper ground floor (formal rooms), first floor (private apartments), and gardens. The house's furnishings include needlepoint chairs and work by artisans of the Garde Meuble Royal (Royal Furniture Repository), such as Jean-François Oeben, Jean Henri Riesener, and Georges Jacob. Floors are furnished with Savonnerie carpets woven in 1678 for the Grande Galerie in the Louvre. Walls are accented with tapestries (many Beauvais or Aubusson) and paintings, including portraits by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, landscapes by Guardi and Hubert Robert, and hunting scenes by Jean-Baptiste Oudry. Seek out the Orloff silver dinner service commissioned by Catherine II of Russia from silversmith Jacques-Nicolas Roettiers in 1770, and the bird-themed Buffon porcelain services made at Sèvres in the 1780s. Other notable objects include a bust by Jean-Antoine Houdon, bas-reliefs, Chinese vases, and crystal chandeliers. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Paris trip simple and quick.
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  • Small museum, former home of the Camondo family. A beauty! have a nice cup of coffee, always full.
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  • A particular hotel which welcomes you in a subtle décor where beautiful furniture are highlighted.
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  • We come to see it because we had read the interesting thing that the Museum was, and also with the paris pass we had could come, so we tested. More than we expected a lot, liked us. It is a Palace with tapestries, furniture, paintings, mirrors and other decorative elements that combine perfectly with well-kept walls paintings.
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  • One of the best preserved late 19th century private residences in Paris. A mind boggling gift of cultural patrimony and truly unique. Musée Nissim de Camondo is worth visiting more than once. The audio tour takes you through some of the best highlights of the collection. The personal tragedy that happened with him this home is a tale unto itself. Definitely a museum worth exploring.
  • It is a museum you can go through in a few hours. It was sad to hear the story about the elder Camondo. Beautiful decorated room. The rooms are not huge so it might get crowded around big groups. Be sure to pick up a audio device which are free when you but your ticket. If you do not want to listen to every audio sequence be sure to at least listen to the main ones. Not sure if was just because the weekend, but the attached restaurant needs a reservation.
  • Amazing collection of 18th century decorative arts in a beautiful house, highly recommended. The audio guide was brilliant, telling the story of the family as well as that of the house and covering the details of the collection. Almost all areas of the house are open to the public. My only complaint is that some of the mechanical pieces were left closed, e.g. the roll top desk with writing surface linked to the cover, or the jewellery box with it's various hidden compartments. These are described in the audio guide, but you can't see them open. Despite that, it was an excellent experience, a highlight of my trip to Europe.
  • The audio guide, included in the entry price, has lots of good detail. Love the effort they've made to retain everything in its original state, and good mix of commentary on the origins of the furniture and the life of the collector.
  • out of the way but well worth the trip. use the free audio guide. mellow and uncrowded a great way to spend a couple hours

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