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Set in the heart of the Marais, in a remarkable townhouse which is now a listed historic monument (16th-18th centuries), the museum houses the art collection of Ernest Cognacq, founder of La Samaritaine, and his wife Marie-Louise Jaÿ, a collection which was bequeathed to the City of Paris in 1928. With the notable exception of a major work from Rembrandt’s younger period, the majority of the works in the Cognacq-Jay Collection date from the eighteenth century: paintings by Canaletto, Tiepolo, Boucher, Fragonard, Greuze and Reynolds; pastels by La Tour and Perronneau; sculptures by Houdon, Lemoyne and Clodion; Meissen porcelains; intricate gold pieces; furniture from the most celebrate workshops…


Because of the activation of the emergency plan, the Vigipirate control is strengthened in the museum. Any bag exceeding a size of 40 cms as well as any suitcases will be forbidden from now on. We thank you for your understanding
To see the rules and regulations applicable to visitors to the Museums of the City of Paris, click here.

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00.
Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays

Getting Here

Metro: Saint-Paul (line 1), Chemin-Vert (line 8), Rambuteau (line11)
Bus: 20, 29, 65, 69, 76, 96
Vélib': 22 rue de la Perle, 26 rue Saint Gilles, 36 rue de Sévigné, 50 rue Vieille du Temple
Autolib': 46 rue de Turenne, 18 rue de la Perle, 13 rue Malher


Further information

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.

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.