Thursday, February 17, 2011

Musée Nissim de Camondo

This hotel particulier (private residence) was once home to the de Camondo family and now a non-profit museum situated at 63, rue de Monceau, a few steps away from Parc Monceau. The mansion was built in 1911 by the Comte Moise de Camondo, a rich banker with a high appreciation of 18th century arts and furniture. His collections and home were then entrusted to Les Arts Décoratifs in honor of his son, Nissim de Camondo, who died in World War 1.

J & I found this little museum as we were walking back to our car after a morning walk at Parc Monceau. I've always been awed by the private homes of Paris, its charm and luxe allure always brings my imagination back to the 17th/18th century and all its splendor. As soon as you step in, you forget that you are in Paris.. I was taken back in time, and back to the Loire Valley, and spent about an hour imagining that I was the Princess of the mansion :)

If you would refer back to the first picture, you would notice a tall gate-like door. This picture was taken right by the entrance on the ground floor. We were wondering what it was used for, and learned that this "gate" was used when it rained. Wide enough for a car to enter, the de Camondo family and their precious guests would never have a single drop of rain on them when they enter the residence..

It was beautiful, and I would recommend this museum to anyone. It transports you into another world, and the autoguide that comes with your ticket sufficiently explains everything in French or English.

After Nissim de Camondo died, the home was opened as a museum in 1935. During World War II, the Comte's daughter, son-in-law, and their children died in the nazi camps and the family line died out. This is how it ends, a sad story that masks the beauty and grandeur of this magnificent home.

Metro: Monceau, Europe
Photos By Me

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