Résumé

The Musée Cognacq-Jay is housed in the Hôtel de Donon at 8, rue Elzévir, in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris's Marais district. It is the museum of collectors Ernest Cognacq and his wife.

The Musée Cognacq-Jay brings together the 1,200 18th-century European works acquired between 1900 and 1927 by Ernest Cognacq, founder of the Samaritaine department stores, and his wife Marie-Louise Jay. It also recreates the atmosphere of a Parisian residence in the Age of Enlightenment, with its interior staircases, the Salle Wagram, Salon with François Boucher's Le Retour de Diane chasseresse, and the exhibition room under the great roof.

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Open hours
  • Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm
  • Closed on Mondays. Exceptional closures on January 1, May 1 and December 25.
  • The museum is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.
Access

Musée Cognacq-Jay
8 rue Elzévir
75003 Paris

  • Metro: Saint-Paul (line 1), Chemin-Vert (line 8), Rambuteau (line 11)
  • Bus: routes 29 (Turenne-Saint Gilles / Payenne), 69 (Saint-Paul), 76 (Saint-Paul), 96 (Saint-Paul)
  • Vélib': station n°4013 Vieille du Temple - Francs Bourgeois, station 3002 Saint Gilles - Turenne
Address

Musée Cognacq-Jay
8 rue Elzévir
75003 Paris
Tél : 01 40 27 07 21

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ', ") 48° 51′ 29,5″ N 2° 21′ 41″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.85817 2.36139
Reservation
  • Access to the museum is free except during temporary exhibitions. Online booking is not possible.
  • Access to the museum is not free during temporary exhibitions. In these cases, online booking is strongly recommended. Only advance booking guarantees admission to exhibitions, including for those eligible for discounts and free admission (including Paris Musées card members). One-way ticket for exhibition and permanent collections :
    • Full price: €9
    • Reduced admission: €7
      Young people aged 18 to 26 inclusive ◾Students (excluding fashion, fine arts, art history or archaeology) ◾"Paris Pass Famille" and "Famille nombreuse" cardholders ◾"Navigo-Améthyste-Émeraude" cardholders ◾Technical teachers from the Protection Judiciaire de la Jeunesse ◾Practising teachers ◾Members of the Sauvegarde de l'art Français, Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français, Société française d'archéologie and Société nationale des antiquaires de France
    • Free
      Up to and including age 17 ◾Jobseekers ◾Social minima recipients ◾City of Paris leisure center organizers ◾Professional artist-plasticians ◾Commission du Vieux Paris ◾Students at INALCO and Institut National du Patrimoine ◾Students in fashion, fine arts, art history or archaeology (in France) ◾Inhabitants of the City of Rome, twinned with Paris
Description complète

The Cognacq-Jay Museum is housed in the Hôtel de Donon at 8, rue Elzévir, in Paris's 3rd arrondissement. It is the museum of collectors Ernest Cognacq and his wife.

Ernest Cognacq and his wife, not just the founders of La Samaritaine

Throughout his life, Ernest Cognacq collected over 1,200 European works of art, reflecting the tastes of the 18th century. This collection was first used to decorate La Samaritaine, which went from being a simple boutique in 1870 to one of Paris's largest and best-known department stores when it closed in 2005.

The Cognacq-Jay Museum collections and the Hôtel de Donon

The Cognacq-Jay Museum brings together 18th-century works acquired between 1900 and 1927 by Ernest Cognacq, founder of the Samaritaine Grand Magasin, and his wife Marie-Louise Jay. It also recreates the atmosphere of a Parisian residence in the Age of Enlightenment, with its interior staircases, the Salle Wagram, the Salon with François Boucher's Le Retour de Diane chasseresse, and the exhibition room under the grand comble.

The Hôtel de Donon, a handsome 16th-century mansion set between courtyard and garden, houses this exceptional collection of 18th-century works of art: paintings by Boucher, Chardin and Fragonard, drawings by Watteau, sculptures, stamped furniture and precious objects (jewelry, snuffboxes, Saxon porcelain, etc.). Ernest Cognacq and his wife Louise Jay, founders of the department store La Samaritaine, bequeathed the collections to the City of Paris in 1928.

The City of Paris thus became the legatee of their 18th century art collection, as well as of a building located at 25, boulevard des Capucines in Paris, intended to house the collection. The Musée Cognacq-Jay was inaugurated on June 4, 1929 by French President Gaston Doumergue.

On June 27, 1988, the museum closed its doors and its collections were transferred to the Hôtel de Donon in the Marais district, which was entirely restored for the occasion. The museum reopened to the public on December 18, 1990.

The Cognacq-Jay Museum, in this historic residence in the Marais district, also offers a program of exhibitions dedicated to a better understanding of French society and art in the 18th century.

You'll also love the 18th-century objets d'art rooms at the Musée du Louvre.

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  • Monday

    Closed

  • Tuesday

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Wednesday

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Thursday

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Friday

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Saturday

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Sunday

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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