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Musee Cognacq-Jay

Le Marais
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Address: 8 Rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
Phone Number:
+33 1 40 27 07 21
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Located in a listed town house in the heart of the Marais district, the...

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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Interesting 18th century collection in superb building

This is the perfect place to drop into after a surfeit of larger galleries. It is relatively small, focused on the 18th century with a fascinating collection of paintings... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 January 2017
Geneva, Switzerland
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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 with some photos from the store showing the collection. An interesting history to be sure.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

This collection housed in a charming old home is perfect for an hour or two. Near Carnivale which is now closed for renovation. Mostly 18th century art and artifacts, well displayed and described. And it's free. Can't beat that.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

This is the perfect place to drop into after a surfeit of larger galleries. It is relatively small, focused on the 18th century with a fascinating collection of paintings, furniture, china etc.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

What a charming little museum! It's a lovely place to spend an hour in the Marais and enjoy 18th century art and furnishings. It's close to the Picasso museum, so you could easily visit both, which I did. There is no charge and the museum staff were warm and friendly. Each room contains a large, laminated card available in several... More 

Thank Emily C
Amboise, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

The museum is part of the Musées de la ville de Paris, and is thus free entry. The mansion is magnificent and houses an interesting collection of 18th Century art ranging from Reynolds to Canaletto to Greuze and Tiepolo ("Le Banquet de Cléopatre"). A plus is wandering round the Marais to get there, so take your time and peek into... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

This small museum in the former residence of its wealthy owners is nice but no more then that. The modest sized rooms have a selection of similar art works. Every space is being used so forget hanging your coat: there simply is no space reserved for it.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Given that Musée Carnavalet is closed for restoration until 2019, I highly recommend a visit to this museum when in the Marais. Of Paris' 3 decorative art museums -- Musée des Arts Décoratifs,and Musée Nissim de Camondo being the other 2, this one is the smallest but its high quality permanent collection is free to visit. Conveniently located half block... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed this museum. The building itself is worth seeing. The paintings are OK and the porcelain and other decorative items are interesting. Surprisingly, it is free.

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Salzburg, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Set in a lovely old mansion you got the feel of a homey exposition! The prices on show were well displayed and well kept! The small pixel on portraits were exquisite! The parings were beautiful. The small description for each room really gave you the feeding of what was happening at the time the were done. Friendly staff and the... More 

Thank Lynne H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

This free museum has a delightful varied collection of well antique collectibles. There is little rhyme or reason to the collection, but that being said it has been well curated and has some quite interesting themes. If you are in Le marais then this is well worth the visit.

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