Cognacq-Jay Museum

Musée Cognacq-Jay

8, rue Elzévir, Paris, 75003
Admission: Free
Free Entry

Opening Times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 1800
Friday: 1000 - 1800
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
Closed on French bank holidays.
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Tube : St Paul (1), Saint Sébastien Froisart (8).

The Cognacq-Jay Museum displays the sumptuous art collection assembled by Théodore-Ernest Cognacq and his wife Marie-Louise Jaÿ, founder of the famous department store La Samaritaine.

The story of the museum is interlock with the Samaritaine creation. From 1925, Ernest Cognacq used to exhibit his collection of furniture and decorative art in the store.

In 1927, he wanted to open a museum next to the Samaritaine. His death the following year didn't modify his wishes and the project was continued by Edouard Jonas, the director of the Samaritaine.

When the Samaritains was sold in 1981, the collections where installed in this beautiful hotel, listed historical monument (built between the 16th and 18th centuries) located in the heart of the Marais neighborhood. The three levels and the intimate size are meant to emphasize the collection.

With the notable exception of an early painting by Rembrandt, most of the artwork on display dates back to the 18th century: paintings by Canaletto, Tiepolo, Boucher, Fragonard, Greuze, Reynolds; pastels by La Tour and Perronneau; sculptures by Houdon, Lemoyne, Clodion; porcelain by Saxe; gold and silver work; furniture bearing the marks of master woodworkers…

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Past exhibitions at Cognacq-Jay Museum - now closed:
Carte blanche to Christian Lacroix 19th Nov 2014 - 19th Apr 2015
The golden century of the fan from the Sun King to Marie Antoinette 14th Nov 2013 - 9th Mar 2014
The rise of exotic drinks in Paris in the 18th century 27th May 2015 - 27th Sep 2015