Art & Culture

How did Paris bourgeoisies live? Musee Nissim de Camondo

The fact that Paris is the first-ever city on number of museums, and not per capita, but in numerical equivalent is well-known. Over and over again we speak about it. On our site pages you can find a lot of interesting information about France and its capital Paris, read articles about the well-known and less known places of this city. The special place occupies the description of museums which as we hope, you will visit during your stay  in  this magnificent city of Louis, Richelieu, Balzac and other nice sons of France.

This time it’s turn of Musee Nissim de Camondo which is a part of the big collection of works of art Les Arts Decoratifs. Musee Nissim de Camondo (as it is called in French) represents an exposition concerning the seventeenth century.

The history of occurrence of the museum is like that. In 1910 a French aristocrat count Moïse de Camondo has inherited an old private residence which throughout many years was the property of his deceased parents. However, the man has counted it not worthy to his condition and position in the society and has made decision to take down the house and to erect magnificent apartments on its place. The main reason of this act was the desire of the count to install the huge collection of works of art which was a part of the parental inheritance in the new private residence.

The house, as the count Camondo had wished, has been constructed and became his residence till his death in 1935. However this dear sir kept the collection of his parents and constantly aspired to its replenishment by other components.

After the count’s death the private residence has turned to a museum and has received the modern name which has been specified in the will of the owner. The word Nissim in the name of the museum stands for the name of the son of count Moïse who, being the fighting pilot died in an air battle during the First World War.

The distinctive feature of Musee Nissim de Camondo besides a collection of painting and a seventeenth century sculpture is the bright retrospective showing the real life of well-founded Parisian bourgeoisies of the first half of the last century. For those who admire this historical period, visiting the halls of this museum will be interesting. Before your look numerous exhibits, among which photos, decorative products, books, magazines and newspapers, interior subjects, clothes will appear… In general, here there is everything that allows showing visually the existence of society of Paris of that time.

  • If you are interested in Musee Nissim de Camondo description you will find it at rue de Monceau, 63 that is in the eighth department of the city nearby from underground Villers and Monceau stations.