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In 1914 Count Moïse de Camondo built a mansion in the style of the Petit Trianon at Versailles and furnished it with rare examples of 18th-century furniture, paintings, and art objects. After the count’s death in 1935, the house and everything in it was left to the state as a museum. This little-visited museum is a delight—the count’s will stipulated that the house be left exactly “as is” when it was transformed into a museum, as a result you can wander through salons filled with gilded mirrors, inlaid tables, and Beauvais tapestries; a fully equipped kitchen; and a gigantic tiled bathroom—all in the same configuration as when Camondo and his family lived there. A special room displays the Buffon service, a remarkable set of Sèvres china decorated with a myriad of bird species, reproductions of drawings by the renowned naturalist, the Count of Buffon. Be sure to pick up a free English audioguide. Tickets can be combined with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs; 13€ .