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Musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris

(3.8/5 based on 150+ 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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  • The Cognacq-Jay Museum is a nice surprise in the hollow of the swamp. Small and discreet yet offers a beautiful collection of art of the eighteenth century: paintings, tapestries, furniture, ceramics, etc... Is not necessarily the largest and the most comprehensive of Paris Museum, but it remains to be seen at the bend of a walk in the neighborhood...
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  • In a quiet spot of the Marais is this House-Museum, which houses the collection held by the family of entrepreneurs Cognacq-Jay. It is certainly an attraction "minor" in Paris, but because of this escapes the unnerving rites of mass tourism. The museum pieces (paintings, ceramics, sculptures, furniture and objects various) are mostly about the 18th century French and allow you to get a pretty good idea of the artistic movements of the time. To emphasize the free entrance, police controlled the entrance fully justified by recent terrorist acts that have targeted Paris and all over the West. Negative notes, the paucity of information (at least the most important parts would be more comfortable illustrate with permanent captions instead of writing all about panels) and the complexity of logistics, with tons of stairs and ladders, which certainly does not make the Museum for people who does not walk well.
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  • It truly is on both counts. First, a surprise was that entry is without cost, second, that this was a private collection of a department store owner who displayed it in the store. There are busts of t...  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.