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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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  • Splendid collections especially of paintings from 18 * century (Fragonard, Nattier, Boucher, Chardin, Watteau, Vigée-Lebrun, Guardi and Canaletto, and a wonderful Tiepolo...), but also fine furniture, beautiful jewelry and the remarkable porcelains. Avoid going there on a Tuesday because guards are understaffed that day and tend to close classrooms. Attention too: it was just a technical incident leading to the closure of the 3 floor (where there are the most beautiful paintings of the french painters. Inquire on their website which is very well done.
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  • 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...  more »
  • The Interior of the mansion at 16. allows to get acquainted with the life of rich Parisians of the time. The last owners, the wife of e. and Marie-Louise Cognac Pvcs, the founders of the Paris store La Samaritaine. Their beautiful collection of French art 18 after the death of a spouse was transferred to the city. It is located on all four floors of the building. Visit free
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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.