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In line with the measures taken by the French government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Cognacq-Jay museum is currently closed.

In compliance with government directives and to guarantee optimal protection during visits, the City of Paris museums have implemented health measures and new means of reception after three months with closed doors.

Before your visit 

  • Yo do not need to make a prior booking to visit the permanent collections.
  • Guided tours, independent tours and educational workshops are suspended for the moment, as well as the reception of groups.
  • Wearing a mask is mandatory for all visitors over the age of 11 entering the museum. Remember to bring your mask with you since the museum does not provide them. 
  • If you are sick and have symptoms, please postpone your visit.
  • Cloakrooms will be closed.

During your visit

  • When you arrive, please maintain a physical distance of at least one meter between yourself and other visitors or museum personnel.
  • Temporary, on-site purchases are possible only with a bank card.
  • Wash your hands regularly, especially before you enter the museum. Hydroalcoholic gel is available at the entrance.
  • When you are inside the exhibition area, please remember to follow the itinerary signs and stay at a one-meter distance from others.
  • For hygienic reasons, please do not touch the digital devices along your pathway.
  • Signs listing health measures are displayed in various museum areas. Please follow instructions.

The museum staff will be happy to answer your questions and guide you.
We wish you a pleasant visit.

You may consult the Visitor’s Charter using this link.



Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm.
The ticket office closes at 5.30pm and the gift shop at 5.45pm.
Closing at 5pm on December 24 and 31st.
Closed on Mondays and certain public holidays.
In 2020, the museum is open on certain public holidays: Friday 8 May (Victory Day), Thursday 21 May (Ascension Day), Tuesday 14 July (Bastille Day), Saturday 15 August (Assumption of Mary), Sunday 1st November (All Saints Day), Wednesday 11 November (Armistice Day).
The museum is closed on Wednesday 1st January (New Year's Day), Monday 13 April (Easter Monday), Thursday 1st May (Labour Day), Monday 1st June (Whit Monday), and Friday 25 December (Christmas).


Due to the Vigipirate alert system, security checks are enforced in the museum. Bags must be open at the control area. Suitcases and luggage, even smaller than 30 x 40cm, are not allowed in the museum. Liquids and backpacks must be placed in the individual lockers available at the entrance.

For safety reasons and due to the size of the rooms, the maximum capacity for temporary exhibitions is limited to 35 persons simultaneously.

To see the rules and regulations applicable to visitors to the Museums of the City of Paris (in French), click here.


Permanent collections
Free admission except during the exhibition "The Empire of the Senses. From Boucher to Greuze"

Temporary exhibition "The Empire of the Senses. From Boucher to Greuze"
Combined ticket to access both the exhibition and the permanent collections
Full rate : 8€
Concession : 6€

To book online tickets for the exhibitions, please visit:


  • Youth and young adults (18-26)
  • Students (excluding fashion, art, history of art and archeology)
  • Beholders of the cards « Paris Pass Famille » or « Famille nombreuse »
  • Beholders of the card « Navigo-Améthyste-Émeraude »
  • Technical teachers of the "Protection Judiciaire de la Jeunesse"
  • Employed school teachers
  • Members of: la Sauvegarde de l'art Français, la Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français, la Société française d'archéologie and la Société nationale des antiquaires de France

Free admission (without priority access):

  • Youth 17 and under
  • Job seekers
  • Beneficaries of the following income support supplements
  • Instructors at the Centres de loisirs de la Ville de Paris
  • Professional visual artists
  • Members of the Commission du Vieux Paris
  • Students from INALCO and Institut National du Patrimoine
  • Students in fashion, art, history of art and archeology (in France)
  • City of Rome residents (Paris twin City)

Free admission with priority access:

  • Beholders of the card "Paris Musées"
  • Disabled and their personal care attendant
  • Museum guides
  • Museums scientific staff
  • Members of AICA - Association internationale des critiques d'art
  • MembAIAP - Association internationale des Arts Plastiques
  • French and foreign journalists
  • Members of the Syndicat de la presse artistique
  • Employees of the following organisations: Office de Tourisme, congrès de la Ville de Paris and Comité Régional du Tourisme d'Ile-de-France / Seine et Marne
  • Staff of the Maison des métallos
  • Members of the museum's Friend's organisation
  • Staff of the Ville de Paris
  • Parisian elected officers, current or retired
  • Members of ICOM and ICOMOS
  • Militaries wearing uniforms on the week of the 14/07
  • Militaries from the mission « Sentinelle » 
  • Beholders of a skip-the-queue ticket ("laissez-passer") edited by Paris Musées

Valid proof of identity (eg. passport, school pass) must be presented at the counter to enjoy concession admission. Full list and conditions here.

Payment methods
Cash, credit and debit cards (except American Express), checks.


Metro: Saint-Paul (line 1), Chemin-Vert (line 8), Rambuteau (line 11)
Bus: lines 29 (Turenne-Saint Gilles / Payenne), 69 (Saint-Paul), 76 (Saint-Paul), 96 (Saint-Paul)
Vélib': station No.4013 Vieille du Temple - Francs Bourgeois, station No.3002 Saint Gilles - Turenne



Please note that the museum is not wheelchair accessible and has no elevator.

Click here for more information on access for visitors with disabilities.


The Cognacq-Jay museum has been awarded with the QualiParis label since 2016. This certification is granted by an independent agency and attests the quality of service and hospitality.

Further information


Musée Cognacq-Jay
8 rue Elzévir
75 003 Paris

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm

Admission to the permanent collections is free.

Please note that the museum is not wheelchair accessible and has no elevator.

L'Empire des sens
de Boucher à Greuze
Nouvelles dates à venir