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Musee Cognacq-Jay

8 rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
+33 1 40 27 07 21
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A free museum that features the collection of the owner of the famous (now sadly closed) Samaratain... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jon b
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Free of charge? Wow!

We were ready to purchase the tickets and told at the entrance, and we were told no charge, it's... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2018
KipperMisty
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New York, United States
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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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Reviewed 2 days 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

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Reviewed 9 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
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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
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Reviewed 2 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
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Reviewed 6 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
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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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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Located in a listed town house is a superb collection of 18th century art, furniture and other items. There are some paintings by Rembrandt that bring many tourists here.

1  Thank rayrest
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Reviewed 11 April 2018 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!

2  Thank Julia C
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

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

2  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

3  Thank ryans69
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