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Musee Cognacq-Jay

8 rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
+33 1 40 27 07 21
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For 18th cent. art lovers

The exterior definitely looks better in the picture. The first floor is not very inspiring, but it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Corinna49
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Looks better in photos

There are a few lovely views in this museum which are the same ones that everyone takes pictures... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jeanne C
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Located in a listed town house in the heart of the Marais district, the museum displays the art collections put together by Ernest Cognacq, and his wife Marie-Louise Jay. These collections were bequeathed to the City of Paris in 1928. With the notable exception of an important painting by the young Rembrandt, most of the works displayed date back to the eighteenth century and include paintings by Canaletto, Tiepolo, Boucher, Fragonard, Greuze and Reynolds; pastels by de La Tour and Perronneau ; sculptures by Houdon, Lemoyne and Clodion; Dresden porcelain; gold and silverware, and furniture by the great cabinetmakers.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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8 rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
Le Marais
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+33 1 40 27 07 21
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The exterior definitely looks better in the picture. The first floor is not very inspiring, but it gets more interesting as you go up. If you, like me, love French 18th cent art, this is the place to go. Lots of portraits by Fragonard, Boucher,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are a few lovely views in this museum which are the same ones that everyone takes pictures of, but overall the staging is awkward and the photos make it look more exciting than it truly is. If you are looking for historic houses with...More

Thank Jeanne C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located in a listed town house is a superb collection of 18th century art, furniture and other items. There are some paintings by Rembrandt that bring many tourists here.

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Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

The profusion of ornately decorated snuff boxes was the most intriguing exhibit. The fact that it’s free, cozy and full of surprises is really wonderful. We did give a donation!

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Reviewed March 28, 2018

Situated in the Hôtel Donon in Le Marais area of Paris, this museum is one of the many museums incorporated into Paris Musées. The museum houses the private collections of Théodore-Ernest Cognacq and his wife Marie-Louise Jay (and is named after them) the founders of...More

1  Thank Ronak S
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Reviewed February 25, 2018

First, it's free, and it has a nice enough collection that it need not be free to be inviting. We really enjoyed the Rococo painting section in particular. The room of Mr Cognacq and Ms. Jay and the history of their Paris department store was...More

2  Thank ryans69
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Reviewed February 9, 2018

The museum is free and self guided (strolling from room to room at your own pace). Highly recommend going to this "little out of the way" museum. No crowds and time to enjoy.

Thank meyNC
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Reviewed January 14, 2018

Really nice small and free museum with a very interesting display of the arts between 1750 to 1820 in general with enlightening explanationsThis collection is a gift of benefactors Mr Cognacq and his wife Mrs Jay.

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Reviewed January 11, 2018 via mobile

This museum is a must-go for art lovers and those travelling on a budget. It is totally free and filled with gorgeous paintings (a fantastic Rembrandt!), sculptures and pastels alongside cabinets of beautiful things! The information for all the rooms is in both English and...More

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Reviewed December 25, 2017

Located near the Picasso and Carnavalet museums, this smaller museum is located in a lovely historic building. While neither overwhelming, nor a major Paris attraction, it nonetheless has its own charm. Stop by for a brief visit if you are nearby and interested in 18th...More

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