The Museum Ernest Cognacq is the Municipal Museum of St-Martin-de-Ré. It is named after Ernerst Cognacq, born in St. Martin 2 October 1839, founder of La Samaritaine (large departement store) in Paris.
This museum is located in a beautiful Renaissance building of the fifteenth century: “Hotel Clerjotte”. Temporary exhibitions on various topics, are regularly highlighting the rich collections of the museum tracking the history of ile de Ré. Entertainment, guided tours, lectures, educational activities, workshops for youth are offered throughout the year.