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Musee Cognacq-Jay

8 Rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
+33 1 40 27 07 21
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Not as great as some say

We were underwhelmed by this museum. A good location and easy to find but there are so many other... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
San Francisco
A lovely surprise!

Wandering around the Marais, near the Musee Picasso discovered this elegant townhome musee, small... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sydney, Australia
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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.
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good50%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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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

We were underwhelmed by this museum. A good location and easy to find but there are so many other great museums in Paris, this one just didn't do it for us. It is free which has it's pluses but maybe we were just not interested...More

Thank RandJSanFrancisco
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wandering around the Marais, near the Musee Picasso discovered this elegant townhome musee, small collection of art and furniture with Free Entry! Looked like a nice cafe in the courtyard outside.

Thank bargegirlflaneuse
Reviewed 12 September 2017

This has to be one of Paris' hidden gems. It's on a side street--but 215 steps from la Musee Picasso. I am not particularly a fan of the art that's exhibited (a collection) but it was interesting to look at it in such a private,...More

1  Thank Justine V
Reviewed 19 August 2017

A lovely collection of 'intimate art' from the C18th-C19th housed in a stately C17th townhouse. There are paintings and furnishings, costumes, porcelains, jewellery and nik-naks both decorative and useful, all collected by M. Cognacq-Jay, a wealthy Parisian retailer of the late C19th/early C20th. There are...More

Thank Kate S
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

i still dont understand but we did not pay entrance fees the museum is tiny but interesting the display is really well done we felt like inside the private Mansion the museum is well preserved with beautiful paints and furniture collection love it

Thank ksarman
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

This museum had me at its location- the Marais. It had me again at the Boucher room- (one of the king's court painters, he won a lot of prizes at the salon, his figures are beautiful). I enjoyed the temporary exhibition exhibition- it was not...More

Thank Emma D
Reviewed 3 June 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

1  Thank therealmissrita
Reviewed 2 June 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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Thank Pepe P
Reviewed 1 March 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 26 January 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
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