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Musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris

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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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  • After years of visiting the giant museums, I'm finding these smaller niche museums much more enjoyable. The attention to detail is wonderful and there are a lot of playful elements we really enjoyed a...  more »
  • My partner and I recently spent few days in Paris and while there we saw adverts of an exhibition about Venice. We decided to go on a sunny Monday morning and we were left enchanted... The Musee Cogne...  more »
  • he Cognecq-Jay is well worth a visit when you've worked your way through the "must visit" spots. Art buffs will appreciate the fine collection of 18th century works sprinkled with an occasional pre- o...  more »
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  • Like a cultural refuge from the bustle of the more visited museums of Paris, this wonderful collection is an in situ representation of turn of the century art and decor. I'm not sure why, but admission was free when I visited! Staff could not have been more friendly.
  • Thanks for sharing such a beautiful place for free. You can sightseeing the life if rich French person in the past. There are also restroom for free. The souvenir shop is nice. Reasonable price!
  • Museum located in the Hôtel Donon in the 3rd arrondissement. The museum's collection was formed between 1900–1925 by the founders of La Samaritaine department store. The collection is displayed in 20 paneled rooms (4 floors) in the styles of Louis XV and Louis XVI. The museum contains an exceptional collection of fine art and decorative items, about 1200 items in total, with an emphasis on 18th century France. Admission is free ! Nearby Carnavalet museum. Currently (feb.2017-june.2017), exhibition "Serenissime! Venise en fête de Tiepolo à Guardi" : last golden age of Venice, marked by an unprecedented deployment of public and private events : festivities, carnivals, celebrations, regattas and other spectacles. Paintings of Guardi, Tiepolo, Boucher, ...
  • Just popped in here on a rainy day and was surprised a delightly museum in an old Paris mansion. Lots of paintings for a decorative arts museum.
  • Small but interesting museum with few visitors. XVIII century furniture, paintings, ... Close to Carnavalet museum.