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They say that Paris is full of museums. Though this is a fact, there are subtle differences between each of the different museums in that city. So what is it that makes the Musée Cognacq-Jay stand apart from the others? The main factor that attracts visitors to this museum is the huge private collection of art lover Ernest Cognacq-Jay.

For those who are not familiar with this name, he is the founder of the La Samaritaine Departmental Store. Visitors to this museum will enthrall in the sights of his collections, most of which are from the eighteenth century.

This is just the place to visit when you want a bit of relief from the hustle and bustle of the city. Be prepared for a surprise when you view paintings by Fragonard, Chardin, and Boucher exhibited side by side with drawings by Watteau.

Visitors can get a feel of the aura of eighteenth century Paris when they visit the museum that is also famous for its collections like Dresden china, snuffboxes, and jewels. Cognacq and his wife, Louise Jay, bequeathed all these collections to the city of Paris.

Do not miss out the two paintings by Rembrandt when you visit the Musée Cognacq-Jay.