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“Definitely worth to visit.”
Review of Musee Cognacq-Jay

Musee Cognacq-Jay
Ranked #202 of 1,181 things to do in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Definitely worth to visit. Small but cozy, not a lot of visitors, so calm and nice. All atmosphere makes you feel the real history and the usual life of people.

Thank shishkin
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

if you want to know what appealed to the wealthy middleclass at the time the Impressionists were beginning to get going then come to this little museum in the Marais. Once inside you will discover that what the wealthy middle class were actually purchasing were Boucher, Boucher and Boucher along with a smattering of Verjee le Brun and 1 or 2 sightly "naughtier pictures" which were presumably kept in the Cognacs Jay bedroom or Monsieur's study.

the Musee's strength's lie in putting much of the collection in contemporary rooms allowing the visitor to get a sense of what a late 18th century home would have looked like.

ultimately though, if you are short for time this might be one to skip

Thank vickyse16
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is one of Paris' smaller museums, and is free to enter. (Donations are welcome on exiting). This is the private collection of the couple who owned the Samaritaine store, and one which can be visited in about an hour. We loved it.

2  Thank kebabs
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

This too-often overlooked, small museum is in a beautifully restored 16th-17th century mansion. It hosts what used to be a private collection of the owners of a major department store (now out of business). It offers a great introduction to the refinement of furniture-making in the 18th century. The wood beams in the top floor are the original 16th century chestnut beams and are magnificent. It doesn't take much more than an hour to visit the museum. Admission is free.

1  Thank travelbug2408
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

it seemed like 12 little rooms with some fragonards and some bouchers....and a little furniture. 45 minutes tops. the top floor was the best with some sculptures and exposed beams under the mansard roof. little written commentary and even with the audioguide, i think there were only 20 notable items to look at. and given this was the collection of the founders of the department store, samaritaine, i had high expectations. disappointing.

2  Thank clevelandlaura
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