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Musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris
(3.7/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
Musée Cognacq-Jay is a museum located in the Hôtel Donon, with an impressive and enthralling collection of fine art and decorative items. Your visit will consist of twenty paneled rooms spread over four floors in the styles of Louis XV and Louis XVI. Viewing all these fantastic pieces will take time, as the collection consists of about 1200 items in total, with an emphasis on 18th century France, ranging from European and Chinese ceramics, jewels, and snuffboxes, to paintings by Louis-Léopold Boilly, François Boucher, Canaletto, and more.

The fine furniture displayed is attributed to Jean-François Oeben and Roger Van der Cruse. The 17th century is also represented with two paintings by Rembrandt while the 19th century is represented with works by Camille Corot, Paul Cézanne, and also Edgar Degas. Put Musée Cognacq-Jay into our Paris vacation trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This is one of the many kind, small museums of Paris. The art collection that the founder of department store Samaritaine between the 1880s and 1920s collected contains several nice pieces, but also many genre paintings and knickknacks that can quickly be forgotten. Worth it because of the beautiful house and the atmosphere but no prime location.
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  • Cartier interesting but intimate Museum TOO! And more no temporary expo in this Tuesday in October staff very friendly but that is not all.
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  • 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 Musé...  more »
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  • Small but interesting museum with few visitors. XVIII century furniture, paintings, ... Close to Carnavalet museum.
  • Very interesting and free. Collection from 19th and 18th centuries by a department store impresario.
  • Art and art objects from the 18th century. It's a municipal museum so the entry fee free except for special exhibits. The museum recreates how a mansion was decorated in the 18th c. It was donated to the city by the founder of the Samaritaine department stores.
  • The Cognac-Jay collection of mainly 18th century art and small objects (snuff-boxes etc,) is not housed in the family home but in a similar mansion, suitably furnished. Worth a visit if in the vicinity - it is free! - and would combine conveniently with the nearby Musee Carnavalet (also free).
  • We stumbled into this museum yesterday and were pleasantly surprised by the excellent collection curated by Christian Lacroix. He revamped the original collection through thematic rooms, coupled with more modern art which were complimented with custom carpeting, paint, and wall hangings. If you find yourself in the Maraias, or are leaving the Picasso Museum consider venturing into this museum.