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Musee Cognacq-Jay

#180 of 2,254 things to do in Paris
Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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This small museum is currently showing an exhibition highlighting the creative talents of master... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bangkok, Thailand
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Thrilling Collection of your Grandmother's Stuff

I only visited this adorable museum because I thought the Musee Carnavalet had reopened after its... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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...more
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8 rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
Le Marais
+33 1 40 27 07 21
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This small museum is currently showing an exhibition highlighting the creative talents of master craftsman from the 18th century. Paris was the centre of fashion and design in so many ways. To see the masterpieces on display is a delight.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had long planned to visit this smaller museum and were glad to find it open after renovation. For us, the highlights were the fabulous furniture including amazing marquetry tables and curtained bed. It was also interesting to learn more about the manufacture and marketing...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I only visited this adorable museum because I thought the Musee Carnavalet had reopened after its renovation, but it hadn't. Not having anything else to do before picking up my daughter, I sauntered in. Collections like this are an endangered species. Intimate, eclectic, of doubtful...More

Thank NicoRaposo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum contains the treasures collected by the owners of the famous Samaritaine department store. There is wonderful Sevres china, paintings by some of the most famous 18th century painters, etuis, and other small treasures to delight the eye. Well worth a visit and no...More

Thank Anne B
Reviewed October 11, 2018

I came here I went around and around the block few times. It is hard to find Musee Cognacq-jay. There need to put some sign up on the street. It was ok large mansion filled with 18th century art.

Thank rajesh4cat
Reviewed August 23, 2018

The Cognacq-Jay museum was a lovely surprise in the Marias area. It has a wonderful collection of art works collected by the founders of the Department store Samaritaine which sadly closed some years ago and still no sign of restoration. The varied collection, mostly from...More

1  Thank Anglokiwi1
Reviewed August 13, 2018

This art collection was left to the city of Paris by the founders of La Samaritaine department store. There were cards in each room in English with some information about the paintings. The paintings by Canaletto which would have been more interest to us were...More

1  Thank Taxidevil
Reviewed August 7, 2018

Good place to know about in this crowded touristy area. It has a serene courtyard with benches and tables and chairs. Pleasant to sit in which we did. It was a hot August day so the museum was also quite warm. Well worth a stroll...More

1  Thank janpal
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

Like Maison Victor Hugo, this is a free museum that doesn’t offer much. I recommend skipping it unless you must see some Boucher paintings or you need to go to the bathroom.

1  Thank Tracy K
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

Closed on Mondays. This place has a very interesting history. A breathtaking museum and a very cute cafe. Perfect for pictures. "The Musée Cognacq-Jay is a museum located in the Hôtel Donon in the 3rd arrondissement at 8 rue Elzévir, Paris, France. The museum's collection...More

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