Cognacq-Jay museum

  • Museum
  • Fine Arts

A must-see dive into the heart of the 18th century, through the collections gathered by the founder of the mythical Samaritaine, Ernest Cognacq.

Bringing together 1200 European works, the collection - paintings, sculptures, furniture and objets d'art - highlights the taste for the 18th century that was in vogue at the time of Ernest Cognacq and his wife Marie-Louise Jay.

Born of their passion for the Age of Enlightenment, the collection was first exhibited at the Samaritaine de Luxe. It was bequeathed to the City of Paris on the death of the collector in 1928, to be displayed in the Cognacq-Jay Museum on Boulevard des Capucines. Since 1990, the museum has been transferred to the Hôtel Donon in the heart of the Marais.

Opening and closing times

From 31/12/2022 to 30/12/2023 between 10 am and 6 pm. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.


"Reservation fee + entrance fee per person. A fixed price is charged for an activity with a Paris Musées cultural facilitator.
External guide accepted

Dedicated rates for CSE, associations and communities and for tourism professionals.

Free entry.


Types of customers

  • Cash dispensers


  • Sales TO/Distributors


Types of visits available

  • Unguided group tours on request

Services and facilities


  • Shop
  • Ticketing in number


Spoken languages

  • French

Documentation languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Visit languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Languages of educational signs

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Audioguide languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Additional information

Child audioguide languages : English, Spanish, French


  • Not accessible in a wheelchair


Metro : Saint-Paul (Line 1)
Chemin vert (Line 8)
Rambuteau (Line 11)
Bus : 20, 29, 65, 69, 76, 96

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