More portal to the past than typical museum, Paris’ Nissim Camondo Museum (Musée Nissim De Camondo) is home to one of the world’s best collections of 18th-century decorative arts. Comte Moise, the father of World War I soldier Nissim de Camondo, donated the family's legendary collection to France in honor of his fallen son, and the museum opened in 1936.
The museum is housed in the Hotel Camondo, not a hotel but a private home built in 1911 in the style of the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Comte Moise was a Parisian banker with a penchant for 18th-century art and furniture, and his home was a showcase for his extensive collection. Today the Nissim Camondo Museum is kept just as it was when he lived there, and three floors are open to visitors. It's a fascinating tour of both life in the early 20th century and 18th-century French design. Discounted entry is included with the Paris Pass.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Nissim Camondo Museum is a must-visit for art and history lovers.
- You can save money by buying a combined ticket that also includes entrance to the Musée de Arts Decoratifs.
- There is a restaurant on-site that serves lunch and dinner.
- Only the first floor is accessible to wheelchair users.
- The museum is free to EU nationals under 26 and to all visitors under 18.
How to Get There
The Nissim Camondo Museum is located at the edge of the Parc Monceau, in the eighth arrondissement of Paris, within walking distance of such major attractions as the Arc de Triomphe and Musée de l’Orangerie. The nearest Paris Metro stops are Villiers and Monceau on line 2.
When to Get There
The Nissim Camondo Museum is open from Wednesday through Sunday, from 10am to 5.30pm. The on-site restaurant is open from midday to midnight from Tuesday to Saturday and all day Sunday.
The house's furnishings include needlepoint chairs and work by artisans of the Royal Furniture Repository (Garde-Meuble de la Couronne), Savonnerie carpets woven in 1678 for the Grande Galerie in the Louvre, Ming vases, an Orloff silver dinner service commissioned by Catherine II of Russia in 1770, and paintings by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, Francesco Guardi, and Hubert Robert.