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This art collection was left to the city of Paris by the founders of La Samaritaine department... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Small concise collection and free to visit. Free toilet too!

Good place to know about in this crowded touristy area. It has a serene courtyard with benches and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New York, NY
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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 4 days ago

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

Thank Taxidevil
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank janpal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Tracy K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

1  Thank Shevali5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A free museum that features the collection of the owner of the famous (now sadly closed) Samaratain store. It's worth a visit for the Venetian art, a couple of Canalettos etc. An interesting collection. It is in a lovely old house and the wooden paneling...More

Thank Jon b
Reviewed 10 June 2018

We were ready to purchase the tickets and told at the entrance, and we were told no charge, it's free. Small museum with full of personal collections. Some are well known, some are not. They are many interesting histories behind each item. In the middle...More

1  Thank KipperMisty
Reviewed 5 June 2018

we were staying in the Marais and were having a local walk and came across this by chance. The museum is free , and devoted to the 18th century. It has paintings and objects to look at and on the top floor is a light...More

2  Thank babarandceleste_13
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

We were impressed with this varied collection generously donated by the family to Paris state. Their eye for detail and aesthetic really demonstrated their passion for preserving these treasures for everyone to enjoy in the future. The fine work on the snuff boxes compared well...More

3  Thank livingmyworld
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

The exterior definitely looks better in the picture. The first floor is not very inspiring, but it gets more interesting as you go up. If you, like me, love French 18th cent art, this is the place to go. Lots of portraits by Fragonard, Boucher,...More

1  Thank Corinna49
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

There are a few lovely views in this museum which are the same ones that everyone takes pictures of, but overall the staging is awkward and the photos make it look more exciting than it truly is. If you are looking for historic houses with...More

1  Thank Jeanne C
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Le Marais
The Marais is a winding maze of multi-faceted streets
that beg to be explored. It bursts with small
boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional
restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner,
you'll come across little gems of architecture
spanning the centuries, from understated medieval
towers to classical libraries and 17th century
splendour. This neighbourhood unites a rich mix of
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