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Musee Cognacq-Jay

#209 of 2,145 things to do in Paris
Open Now: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Good for art lovers and free

The Cognacq-Jay museum was a lovely surprise in the Marias area. It has a wonderful collection of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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This art collection was left to the city of Paris by the founders of La Samaritaine department... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2018
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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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...more
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8 rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
Le Marais
+33 1 40 27 07 21
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Cognacq-Jay museum was a lovely surprise in the Marias area. It has a wonderful collection of art works collected by the founders of the Department store Samaritaine which sadly closed some years ago and still no sign of restoration. The varied collection, mostly from...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2018

This art collection was left to the city of Paris by the founders of La Samaritaine department store. There were cards in each room in English with some information about the paintings. The paintings by Canaletto which would have been more interest to us were...More

Thank Taxidevil
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Good place to know about in this crowded touristy area. It has a serene courtyard with benches and tables and chairs. Pleasant to sit in which we did. It was a hot August day so the museum was also quite warm. Well worth a stroll...More

Thank janpal
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Like Maison Victor Hugo, this is a free museum that doesn’t offer much. I recommend skipping it unless you must see some Boucher paintings or you need to go to the bathroom.

Thank Tracy K
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Closed on Mondays. This place has a very interesting history. A breathtaking museum and a very cute cafe. Perfect for pictures. "The Musée Cognacq-Jay is a museum located in the Hôtel Donon in the 3rd arrondissement at 8 rue Elzévir, Paris, France. The museum's collection...More

1  Thank Shevali5
Reviewed 20 July 2018

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

Thank Jon b
Reviewed 10 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
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
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
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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