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Musee Nissim de Camondo

A Paris Museum Without the Crowds
The Musée Nissim de Camondo is one of the most beautiful museums in Paris, but it is almost never crowded. The creator of the mansion, a wealthy banker, built it in the early 1900s. He filled the rooms, with views on the Parc Monceau, with excellent examples of 18th century decorative arts. What stays with me most is the tragic story of the family. Camondo lost his son in WWI. He never recovered from the loss and essentially became a recluse. His daughter and her whole family died in a concentration camp in WWII. The Camondo line completely died out. A visit here reminds you that money does not spare you from tragedy, but the Camondo family's legacy does live on through this stunning house.