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Musee Cognacq-Jay

8 rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
+33 1 40 27 07 21
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The grand French style at its best

I have visited this museum dozens of times it seems because it remains the finest example of French... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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 22 October 2017
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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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  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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8 rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
Le Marais
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank markfalcoff
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
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
Reviewed 11 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 1 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
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