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Musee Cognacq-Jay

8 Rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
+33 1 40 27 07 21
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Lovely Museum

After years of visiting the giant museums, I'm finding these smaller niche museums much more... read more

Reviewed June 2, 2017
Los Angeles, California
Charming Museum in the middle of the Marais

My partner and I recently spent few days in Paris and while there we saw adverts of an exhibition... read more

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Reviewed June 1, 2017
Pepe P
London, United Kingdom
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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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8 Rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
Le Marais
+33 1 40 27 07 21
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Reviewed June 2, 2017

After years of visiting the giant museums, I'm finding these smaller niche museums much more enjoyable. The attention to detail is wonderful and there are a lot of playful elements we really enjoyed at this particular show. The Venice exhibit was on and was really...More

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Reviewed June 1, 2017

My partner and I recently spent few days in Paris and while there we saw adverts of an exhibition about Venice. We decided to go on a sunny Monday morning and we were left enchanted... The Musee Cognecq-Jay was completely unknown to us and we...More

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Reviewed February 28, 2017

he Cognecq-Jay is well worth a visit when you've worked your way through the "must visit" spots. Art buffs will appreciate the fine collection of 18th century works sprinkled with an occasional pre- or early-impressionist work. Interior design fans will love the magestic, restored Hotel...More

Thank ellenshep
Reviewed January 26, 2017 via mobile

It truly is on both counts. First, a surprise was that entry is without cost, second, that this was a private collection of a department store owner who displayed it in the store. There are busts of the husband and wife, Louise and Ernest, along...More

1  Thank James W
Reviewed January 20, 2017 via mobile

This collection housed in a charming old home is perfect for an hour or two. Near Carnivale which is now closed for renovation. Mostly 18th century art and artifacts, well displayed and described. And it's free. Can't beat that.

1  Thank BunkyVA
Reviewed January 16, 2017

This is the perfect place to drop into after a surfeit of larger galleries. It is relatively small, focused on the 18th century with a fascinating collection of paintings, furniture, china etc.

Thank DUN01170
Reviewed December 16, 2016

What a charming little museum! It's a lovely place to spend an hour in the Marais and enjoy 18th century art and furnishings. It's close to the Picasso museum, so you could easily visit both, which I did. There is no charge and the museum...More

Thank Emily C
Reviewed December 12, 2016

The museum is part of the Musées de la ville de Paris, and is thus free entry. The mansion is magnificent and houses an interesting collection of 18th Century art ranging from Reynolds to Canaletto to Greuze and Tiepolo ("Le Banquet de Cléopatre"). A plus...More

1  Thank Peter V
Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

This small museum in the former residence of its wealthy owners is nice but no more then that. The modest sized rooms have a selection of similar art works. Every space is being used so forget hanging your coat: there simply is no space reserved...More

Thank Wub67
Reviewed October 26, 2016

Given that Musée Carnavalet is closed for restoration until 2019, I highly recommend a visit to this museum when in the Marais. Of Paris' 3 decorative art museums -- Musée des Arts Décoratifs,and Musée Nissim de Camondo being the other 2, this one is the...More

Thank AshleySFCA
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