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Musee Cognacq-Jay

8 rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
+33 1 40 27 07 21
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Great Little Museum in Le Marais

The museum is free and self guided (strolling from room to room at your own pace). Highly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
meyNC
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18th and 19th century treasures

Really nice small and free museum with a very interesting display of the arts between 1750 to 1820... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2018
Celine T
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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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  • Very good49%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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8 rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
Le Marais
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is free and self guided (strolling from room to room at your own pace). Highly recommend going to this "little out of the way" museum. No crowds and time to enjoy.

Thank meyNC
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

Really nice small and free museum with a very interesting display of the arts between 1750 to 1820 in general with enlightening explanationsThis collection is a gift of benefactors Mr Cognacq and his wife Mrs Jay.

Thank Celine T
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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

This museum is a must-go for art lovers and those travelling on a budget. It is totally free and filled with gorgeous paintings (a fantastic Rembrandt!), sculptures and pastels alongside cabinets of beautiful things! The information for all the rooms is in both English and...More

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Reviewed 26 December 2017

Located near the Picasso and Carnavalet museums, this smaller museum is located in a lovely historic building. While neither overwhelming, nor a major Paris attraction, it nonetheless has its own charm. Stop by for a brief visit if you are nearby and interested in 18th...More

Thank jrknyc
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

I have visited this museum dozens of times it seems because it remains the finest example of French interior decoration of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The only thing that can be compared to it would be the Musee Nissim de Camondo, which...More

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

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
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

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
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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
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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
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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
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