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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 2 days ago
Geneva, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 4 weeks ago

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 

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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 26 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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San Diego
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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 

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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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West Midlands, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

When you get tired of the major museums, or the crowds, and want to see something real, then try this lovely private mansion / museum evoking 18th Century Paris in the Marais area. Explore the rooms, furnishings and private collection of a wealthy family and founder of one of Paris' big department stores. Paris is full of wonderful buildings and... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

On my visit entry was free. The Museum is on a quiet side road running north of Rue Francs Bourgeois between the Pompidou Centre and Musee Carnavalet/ Place des Vosges. The period building surrounds a small courtyard about on 2-3 levels. As with all private collections both paintings and objet d'art have that cherry picked appeal the kind of items... More 

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