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The Archive Department

The archives of the Musée Cognacq-Jay are mostly devoted to reference documents covering the diverse array of works (drawings, paintings, sculptures, miniatures, furniture and other objects) which make up the collection bequeathed to the City of Paris in 1928 by Ernest Cognacq and his wife, as well as the works which have been added to this collection in the intervening years. The archives are home to over 1,200 item-specific dossiers, plus around 2000 academic works, monographs, exhibition catalogues and catalogues of other collections with links to the Musée Cognacq-Jay and the artists – primarily active in the eighteenth-century – represented here. The archives also include an extensive collection of press clippings concerning Ernest Cognacq and his wife, the Samaritaine de Luxe (1925-1927) and the inauguration of the Musée Cognacq-Jay on the Boulevard des Capucines in 1929. 

Information and appointments

The archives are open to visitors by appointment, and are accessible via the museum (8 Rue Elzévir, 75003 Paris). For more information or to make an appointment you can use the contact form on this site to send us an email, specifying the purpose of your visit.

The press review of the museum

Archive ressources

  • Files on permanent collections (in French)

Miniatures in Ernest Cognacq collection

  • Files on the exhibitions (in French)

Tea, coffee or chocolate, the rise of exotic drinks in Paris in the 18th century : support file dedicated to the exhibition presented from 2015, May 27th to September 27th

Access, opening times, facilities

Cognacq-Jay Museum
8, rue Elzevir
75 003 Paris

Phone : +00 33 (0)1 40 27 07 21
Tube : Saint-Paul, Chemin-Vert, Rambuteau
Bus : 29, 69, 76, 96

Open tuesday to sunday, 10am to 6pm (ticket desks close at 5.30pm). The museum is closed on mondays and some bank holidays

The first floor of the museum is currently closed to visitors due to the disassembly of the exhibition Sérénissime! From Tiepolo To Guardi. Reopening on july 26 with our permanent collections! The museums of the City of Paris strengthen their security. We thank you for being willing to open your luggage to the entrance and to show their contents.

The museum is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.

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Devenez mécènes de Marie-Antoinette
Le buste en marbre de la reine Marie-Antoinette a fait son retour dans les espaces d'exposition du musée Cognacq-Jay.