In our opinion, The Nissim de Camondo museum is a little jewel. It is one of our favorite small Parisian museums, ideal to visit with the family. Located in a magnificent private mansion on the edge of the Parc Monceau, it houses the private collection of 18th century art objects assembled by Moïse de Camondo. But it is especially for the visit of the mansion and for the poignant story of the Camondo family, that we recommend this family visit. After the visitthe children will be thrilled to enjoy of the Monceau park located just next door.
WE LOVE : the late 19th century mansion and the poignant story of a family that has now disappeared
AGE: from 8 years old
FREE: for those under 18 years of age (and under 26 years of age if an EU citizen)
The Nissim de Camondo Museum: discover daily life in a late 19th century mansion
- This museum allows you to discover the functioning of a very rich private house from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century
- The singularity of the Nissim de Camondo Museum is that all the rooms of the house remained as they were and are open to the public
- We discover not only the state rooms, but also the kitchen (a marvel!), the staff room, the private apartments with their ultra modern bathrooms
- The Camondo family mansion was built by the architect René Sergent in the spirit of the Petit Trianon in Versailles, in the aristocratic spirit of the 18th century.
- The museum houses the private collection of furniture and French art objects of the eighteenth century that Moïse de Camondo collected throughout his life
- The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5:30 pm
- The Nissim de Camondo Museum is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, January 1, May 1 and December 25
The Camondo family: a tragic family destiny
- A visit to the Camondo Museum is also an opportunity to discover the tragic fate of the Camondo family
- The Camondos, a Sephardic Jewish family from Turkey, founded a bank in the early 19th century that became one of the most important in the Ottoman Empire. At the end of the Second Empire, the two Camondo brothers, Abraham-Behor and Nissim, left Constantinople and established themselves in Paris
- Their sons, cousins Isaac and Moïse, became well-informed collectors during the Third Republic. Moïse, a great 18th century art lover, built the collection of art objects that can be seen today in the Nissim de Camondo Museum and had the mansion built.
- During the First World War, Moses' son, named Nissim after his grandfather, was the first of the Camondos to fight for France. He left for the front in August 1914 where he distinguished himself by his daring. Assigned to the air force, he became a seasoned aviator in the army but died in an air battle in 1917.
- In 1920, his grief-stricken father Moses bequeathed to the current Museum of Decorative Arts the mansion he had intended for his son, along with the entire art collection he had built up.
- The only descendants of Moïse de Camondo are his daughter Béatrice, his son-in-law the musician Léon Reinach and their two children. In 1943, they were arrested and interned at Drancy. Deported, they were exterminated at Auschwitz in 1943.
- Two wars have swept away the Camondo family who had chosen to become French. Their name survives only through this charming little museum, dreamed by Moses for his son Nissim
Nissim and his father, Moses, in the garden of their mansion in 1916. PHOTOS LES ARTS DÉCORATIFS PARIS
Nissim de Camondo in the trenches in November 1915. PHOTOS LES ARTS DÉCORATIFS PARIS
The Plaine Monceau district with its public garden and museums
The Camondo Museum is located in the Plaine Monceau district. You can find in the district :
- Monceau Park. It is a very pleasant break after visiting the museum. Children will love it. It is a very nice public garden with games for children and lawns for picnics...
- The Cernuschi museum, a small museum dedicated to Asian arts. The Cernuschi museum has undergone a very successful renovation in 2020 and its size and scenography make it very accessible to children.
- The Jacquemart André Museum contains a very fine collection of 18th and 19th century paintings and is the opportunity to visit a very beautiful Parisian mansion typical of the late 19th century
- I mean, come on, the Champs-Elysées are not far away. It takes about 15 minutes to get there on foot from the Camondo Museum.