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Musee Cognacq-Jay

8 rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
+33 1 40 27 07 21
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Surprise museum, intimate and fun!

The profusion of ornately decorated snuff boxes was the most intriguing exhibit. The fact that... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Julia C
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A nice little museum in a Hotel Particulier in Le Marais.

Situated in the Hôtel Donon in Le Marais area of Paris, this museum is one of the many museums... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ronak S
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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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8 rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
Le Marais
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+33 1 40 27 07 21
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"department store"
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"museum is free"
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"small museum"
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"decorative arts"
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"on display"
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"charming museum"
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"lovely collection"
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"marais area"
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"decorative items"
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"laminated cards"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The profusion of ornately decorated snuff boxes was the most intriguing exhibit. The fact that it’s free, cozy and full of surprises is really wonderful. We did give a donation!

1  Thank Julia C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated in the Hôtel Donon in Le Marais area of Paris, this museum is one of the many museums incorporated into Paris Musées. The museum houses the private collections of Théodore-Ernest Cognacq and his wife Marie-Louise Jay (and is named after them) the founders of...More

1  Thank Ronak S
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

First, it's free, and it has a nice enough collection that it need not be free to be inviting. We really enjoyed the Rococo painting section in particular. The room of Mr Cognacq and Ms. Jay and the history of their Paris department store was...More

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Reviewed 9 February 2018

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.

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Reviewed 14 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.

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Reviewed 11 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

Thank george-mhouse
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Reviewed 25 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

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Reviewed 26 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.

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