Originally built to be a mansion for a Parisian banker, Comte Moïse de Camondo and his family, Musée Nissim de Camondo houses an intriguing collection of 18th century art and objects.
The museum harbours a rather tragic story. Comte Moïse de Camondo had intended to leave the mansion to his son Nissim, but he was killed during the First World War, after which he decided to bequeath the mansion to Les Arts Décoratifs in his son’s memory. His daughter Béatrice and her family were deported to concentration camps during the Second World War, bringing the family name to an end.
The museum opened its doors in 1936, and has since been delighting the public with its paintings, porcelain, furniture, silverware and much more.
I always enjoy visiting museums like this; houses preserved in their original state. Here, you can stroll through the garden, take a look around the kitchen and peer into the dining room, neatly set up ready for a meal, wander through the lavishly decorated sitting rooms and bedrooms, full of intriguing pieces of furniture that no longer exist in contemporary society.
It’s hard to imagine that people used to live surrounded by these beautiful objects, and that, for me, is a huge part of the excitement of visiting such museums.