Founded as a state-approved non-profit organisation, the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme (mahJ) opened in 1998 with the support of the City of Paris and the State.   

Escalier d'honneur du mahJ

Discover Jewish cultures through activities for visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

The auditorium’s music, literature, theatre and film programme highlights the wealth and diversity of Jewish culture.

Auditorium © Giovanni Ricci-Novara - mahJ

20,000 books and more than 3,000 audio-visual documents can be freely consulted in the mahJ’s library, an unparalleled source of information on the art and cultures of Judaism.

The library has its own opening hours: see more on library's opening hours

During the lockdown, the researchers have access on appointment: please write to

The mahJ bookshop has a range of 5,000 titles on art, history, literature, philosophy and Jewish culture. Among them, you'll find a section of books in English as well as CD and DVD.

The bookshop, located on the ground floor, is open during museum opening hours on free access. 

Heir to the Musée d’Art juif de Paris, the mahJ project was launched in 1985, following the exhibition of the Isaac Strauss Collection at the Grand Palais. It gained momentum in 1988 with the creation of a non-profit organisation, which took the project forward until the museum opened in the refurbished Hôtel de Saint-Aignan in 1998.

MahJ's publications accompany and enriche the major events in the museum programme with exhibition catalogues and albums, conferences proceedings and books on aspects of the permanent collection.

Catalogues are published for the mahJ’s principal exhibitions. Exhaustive, abundantly illustrated and documented, they are valuable reference works on their subject and prolong the experience of the exhibition itself.

Acquired by the City of Paris in 1962 as part of a plan to preserve the Marais quarter, the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, built by Pierre Le Muet (1591-1669), is one of the jewels of 17th-century Parisian architecture.