Musée Cognacq-Jay - Le goût du XVIIIe

8 rue Elzévir - 75003 Paris Le Marais
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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.


Under 18s


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


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


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


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

  • Ascension Day
  • 15 August
  • 14 July
  • 8 May
  • 11 November


  • Educational activities
  • Shop/bookshop

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Contact the Museum for more information.


Offer adapted to disabled people
Hearing impairment

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

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8 rue Elzévir
75003 Paris
Public transportation
8Chemin Vert