Short description

The Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme (mahJ) is a French museum located in the Marais district of Paris, housed in the former Hôtel particulier de Saint-Aignan.

With the third-largest Jewish community in the world, France has a Jewish history stretching back over 2,000 years, particularly in the Marais, where Jews have lived since the Middle Ages. The mahJ presents one of the finest collections of Jewish religious objects and works of art, bearing witness to the history of the Jews of France, Europe and North Africa.

The permanent collection is organized around chronological, geographical and thematic themes, highlighting the diversity and unity of Jewish communities. In addition to temporary exhibitions, the museum offers cultural events and educational activities. It also has a media library and bookshop, as well as an auditorium.

The building, the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, has a rich history, having been restored and dedicated to the museum in 1998, under the initiative of Jacques Chirac, then Mayor of Paris.

Open hours

Horaires et périodes de fermeture: lundi

Fermeture exceptionnelle: mardi 7 et mercredi 8 septembre pour Rosh ha-Shana, et le jeudi 16 septembre 2021 pour Yom Kippour.
Horaires d'ouverture:

  • Mardi, mercredi, jeudi, vendredi : 11h-18h
  • Samedi et dimanche : 10h-18h*
    *Clôture des caisses trois quarts d’heure avant la fermeture.

Nocturne: L’ouverture peut être prolongée lors de certaines expositions temporaires le mercredi jusqu’à 21h et les samedi et dimanche jusqu’à 19h. Consulter le site pour toute précision.

Ouverture exceptionnelle

  • Ascension
  • 8 mai
  • 14 juillet
  • 15 août
  • 11 novembre
  • 25 décembre

Musée d'Arts et d'Histoire du Judaïsme (mahj)
71, rue du Temple
75003 Paris

  • Métro :
    • Rambuteau Métro ligne 11
    • Hôtel de Ville Métro ligne 1 Métro ligne 11
    • Châtelet Métro ligne 1 Métro ligne 4 Métro ligne 7 Métro ligne 11 Métro ligne 14
  • RER : Châtelet Les Halles RER A, Paris - picto RER B, Paris - picto RER D, Paris - picto
  • Bus : Bus ligne 29 Bus ligne 38 Bus ligne 47 Bus ligne 75
  • Vélib :
    • station n°4020, face 27, rue Quincampoix
    • station n°3014, face 34, rue Grenier Saint-Lazare
    • station n°3010, 46, rue Beaubourg
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Musée d'Arts et d'Histoire du Judaïsme (mahj)
71, rue du Temple
75003 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ', ") 48° 51′ 40″ N 2° 21′ 19″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.86096 2.35567

Tarifs et modalités

  • Visite libre
  • Plein tarif: collection permanente et exposition temporaire : 10€ (Tarif réduit : 7€/5€). Réservation obligatoire en ligne.

Visite de groupe

10 à 25 personnes. Réservation obligatoire sur le site


  • Gratuit pour les visiteurs en situation de handicap et leur accompagnateur, demandeurs d’emploi et bénéficiaires des minima sociaux, adhérents carte Aleph, mutilés de guerre et leur accompagnateur, ICOM, conservateurs, étudiants en art, histoire, science des religions, artistes plasticiens, conférenciers, guides, journalistes, sénateurs, députés, conseil de Paris. Collection permanente gratuite le 1er samedi du mois d’octobre à juin et visite à 15h gratuite sans réservation.
  • Gratuit jeunes et enfants: -18 ans, 18-25 ans résidents européens dans la collection permanente

Modes de paiement acceptés

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard
  • Carte JCB
  • Diners club
  • Chèque vacances
Full description
The Museum of Jewish Art and History (mahJ) is a French museum dedicated to Jewish art and history. It is housed in the former Saint-Aignan mansion in the Marais district in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris. 

The Museum of Jewish Art and History, the Marais and the Jews

France has the third largest Jewish community in the world, after Israel and the United States. The presence of the Jews goes back more than 2000 years.
The Marais in Paris is a neighborhood where Jews resided as early as the Middle Ages. The Museum of Jewish Art and History presents one of the world's finest collections of religious objects and works of art in the majestic setting of a 17th century mansion.
The permanent exhibition traces the history of the Jews of France, Europe and North Africa through their art and heritage.
Its many temporary exhibitions, its events in the auditorium and its educational activities make it one of the major stages of Parisian cultural life.
The MAHJ also has a media library (library, video library and photo library) and a bookshop open to the public, as well as a 198-seat auditorium.

The permanent collection of the Museum of Jewish Art and History

Each room of the permanent collection is organized around a triple chronological, geographical and thematic articulation. This presentation highlights both the diversity and the unity of the Jewish communities of Europe and the Maghreb through their rites, their beliefs, their artistic productions and their material culture. Moreover, the situation of the Jews of France is singular because Ashkenazi Jews and Sephardic Jews cohabit and the two traditions are intermingled.

The presentation is divided into

  • an introductory room,
  • Jews in France in the Middle Ages,
  • Jews in Italy from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century,
  • Hanukkah
  • Amsterdam, meeting of two diasporas,
  • Next year in Jerusalem,
  • The traditional Ashkenazi world,
  • The traditional Sephardic world,
  • Emancipation, The French Model,
  • Intellectual and political movements in Europe at the turn of the century,
  • Jewish Presences in 20th Century Art,
  • Being Jewish in Paris in 1939

The Dreyfus Fund at the Museum of Jewish Art and History

At the same time as an exhibition in 2006, Alfred Dreyfus, le combat pour la justice, the Museum of Jewish Art and History put online a presentation of the Dreyfus Affair and its "exceptional collection relating to the Affair and the Dreyfus family, allowing online consultation of the more than 3,000 documents, letters, photographs, and other items that make up the collection".

In the center of the courtyard is a large modern statue by Tim representing Dreyfus holding his broken sword, a copy of Hommage au capitaine Dreyfus.

Acquisitions related to the Dreyfus Affair

The courtroom sketches made by the journalist and draftsman Maurice Feuillet during the trials of Emile Zola in Paris in 1898 and the second trial of Alfred Dreyfus in Rennes in 1899 were auctioned on December 8, 2020 in Nantes. The lots of drawings were largely pre-empted by the national museums, to enrich the museum's collections.

The Museum, the Marais and the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan

The mansion hotel de Saint Aignan was built in 1644-1650 for Claude de Mesmes. In 1688, the hotel was bought by Paul de Beauvilliers, Duke of Saint-Aignan, who gave it his name. He undertook a campaign of renovation and modernization. He converted the second floor into apartments and called upon André Le Nôtre to redesign a French garden.

In 1792, the hotel de Saint-Aignan was seized and sequestered following the Revolution. It became the seat of the seventh municipality in 1795, then of the seventh district until 1823, before being divided into commercial premises of all kinds. Having been the object of successive resales, the hotel was dedicated to commerce and small industry from 1842 onwards. The following pages evoke the life of this building where Jewish craftsmen immigrated from Poland, Romania and Ukraine. During the great anti-Jewish raids of 1942, several people living in the building were arrested and deported. In total, thirteen of the hotel's Jewish residents were murdered in the camps.

The Hôtel de Saint-Aignan was bought by the City of Paris in 1962, and was classified as a historical monument in 1963. After a restoration campaign, the building was assigned to the Paris archives. In 1998, following an initiative of Jacques Chirac when he was mayor of Paris, the Saint-Aignan hotel was assigned to the installation of a museum dedicated to Jewish civilization: the Museum of Jewish Art and History.

Static Code
Open hours today: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Monday


  • Tuesday

    11:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Wednesday

    11:00 am - 9:00 pm

  • Thursday

    11:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Friday

    11:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Saturday

    10:00 am - 7:00 pm

  • Sunday

    10:00 am - 7:00 pm

  • July 24, 2024 8:25 am local time

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