Musée Cognacq-Jay - Le goût du XVIIIe

8 rue Elzévir - 75003 Paris

Le Marais - 3e Arrondissement

Musée Cognacq Jay, Paris © OTCP - Didier Messina


The Musée Cognacq-Jay in the heart of the Marais district recreates the atmosphere of an Enlightenment-era Paris residence. Housed inside a beautiful former 16th century mansion complete with courtyard and garden, the museum contains an exceptional collection of 18th century artworks, including paintings by Boucher, Chardin and Fragonard, drawings by Watteau, sculptures, stamped furniture and other precious items (jewellery, snuff boxes, Saxony porcelain, etc.). Ernest Cognacq and his wife Louise Jay, the founders of the famous department store La Samaritaine, donated their collections to the City of Paris in 1928.

Architectural style

  • Classique


  • Arts graphiques
  • Histoire
  • Joaillerie
  • Mobilier
  • Objets d'art
  • Peinture
  • Porcelaines
  • Salons privés
  • Sculpture


Garden accessible

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Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities
  • Gift shop
  • Bookshop
  • Visitor tools
  • Cloakroom

Visitor tools


Educational activities

Contact the Museum for more information.

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

Permanent collection : free
Temporary exhibitions: entry fee

The Carte Paris Musées (Paris Museum Card) gives you access to all temporary exhibitions in museums belonging to the Mairie de Paris, with unlimited access and no queues. The card is valid for a year. Prices: €40 (individual card); €60 (card for 2 people); €20 (less than 26 years old). More information is available at

Group tour

Booking on +33 (0) 1 40 27 88 89, Monday to Friday 10am-1pm, or at


Permanent collections free for everyone. For temporary exhibitions, see more details at

Free for young people and children

Under 18s

Closing times


Opening times

Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. Closed certain public holidays. See website.

Exceptional opening

  • Easter
  • Ascension Day
  • 8 May
  • Whitsuntide
  • 14 July
  • 15 August
  • 1 November
  • 11 November

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Musée Cognacq-Jay - Le goût du XVIIIe

8 rue Elzévir
75003 Paris
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 40 27 07 21

  • Subway - Saint-Paul
  • RER - Châtelet - Les Halles
  • Bus - 29, 69, 76, 96

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Hearing Hearing
  • Mental Mental
  • Visual Visual

Access facilities

  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Free admission for the accompanying person

Accessibility information

Hearing impairment:
- audioguides with adjustable volume (in 3 languages: French, English, Spanish)
- free guide booklets available at the museum's welcome desk (children's booklets €1)
- 4 museum staff members speak French Sign Language
- talks in French Sign Language and lip-reading

Visual impairment:
- tactile tours
- walking tours of the Marais district: 'Meeting Marquis, Princes and Princesses'
- exhibition exchange with the Musée Carnavalet: discovering 18th century furniture with 2 sessions
- at the Musée Cognacq-Jay: furniture-making techniques with 'educational furniture' by the Ecole Boulle
- at the Musée Carnavalet: tactile tours about living in 18th century Parisian mansions (book with the Musée Carnavalet - contact Karine Marquet on +33 (0)1 44 59 58 36

Mental disability:
- adapted activities

More details on accessibility

Museum in the same district: Le Marais

Museum in the same arrondissement: 3rd arrondissement

Museum in Paris and in the Paris Region: Museum

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