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Musee Cognacq-Jay

#187 of 2,275 things to do in Paris
Opens in 10 min: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Hidden gem

This small museum is currently showing an exhibition highlighting the creative talents of master... read more

Reviewed November 15, 2018
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 November 10, 2018
Chatham, New York
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“small museum”(17 reviews)
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 December 8, 2018

Pretty disappointing experience with this museum - most of the first floor is covered off I think due to ongoing renovations, so there wasn't a lot to see there. What there was to see was not particularly well organized or explained very well. The second...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank vichy
Reviewed November 15, 2018 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.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 14, 2018 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

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 10, 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank NicoRaposo
Reviewed October 18, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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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

Date of experience: August 2018
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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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Plan for Queuing? (7 Replies)
I have a museum pass, but it doesn't cover these areas and I was wondering what my plan for queuing should be. Do I need to arrive early? Would I be better off getting tickets early? Can I just generally show up and walk in? Musee Carnavalet Musee Cognacq-Jay Petit & Grand Palais Sacre Coeur Musee de Luxembourg Palais Garnier I will be there in April. Also, are you aware of any places covered by the Museum Pass that have any sort of line that takes more than 15 minutes?
October 03, 2012|
Response frombtgm|
You don't get to skip the line at the Towers of Notre Dame.