Paris Musée Cognacq-Jay

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 18 December 2020 at 10h46
Set in Paris Marais, the Musée Cognacq-Jay displays a wonderful collection of works from the 18th century telling us more about the Enlightenment, purchased between 1900 and 1927 by Ernest Cognacq. What a dive into history, and free of charge!

The Musée Cognacq-Jay is fascinating. Once you get in the Hôtel de Donon, a house from the late 16th century, we find ourselves in a typical 18th century home with furniture, objects of virtu, and works of art!

Clocks and tableware from the Manufacture de Sèvres, niggles, Watteau etchings, courtship paintings by Fragonard expect us in a didactic staging. This atypical layout for an art museum was wanted by La Samaritaine founder, Ernest Cognacq and his wife, Marie-Louise Jay, both fascinated by that time period. With his spouse, he collected sculptures, furniture, paintings and other works of art between 1900 and 1925, helped by counselors, antique dealers, and art historians.

Without child, the couple has bequeathed the collection to the city of Paris that decided to settle them in a beautiful 5-story building set in the Marais area. Renovated in 2015, the museum has given free rein to Christian Lacroix who proposed a museal atmosphere around the costume, on the three floors and the gallery lining the courtyard.

All year around, the museum holds exhibitions focusing on the lifestyle in the 18th century, as well as workshops, concerts, and family entertainments.

Practical information


8, rue Elzévir
75003 Paris 3


Métro ligne 1 station "Saint-Paul"


Official website

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Horaires : 10h-18h du mardi au dimanche

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