Until March 24, 2019, escape to the heart of the City of Light in the 18th-century to explore the most popular Parisian boutiques of the time. Explore the three main commercial districts of the period: La Cité, La Ville and L’Université and the Bretez Project a 5D restoration of the Grand Châtelet district an audio and visual immersion. Experience a virtual reality experience that lets you take a fanciful journey to the heart of historic Paris. From Place Dauphine to Faubourg Saint-Marcel, the boutiques display their goods according to their specialties.
Inspired by urban chronicles and travel stories, the exhibition presents precious artefacts evoking the merchandise of Parisian shops. Unveiling nearly 400 French artefacts, including 250 decoratives and historical objects, 80 antique books, some 60 prints, 20 scientific instruments and a dozen weapons, from the remarkable Stewart Museum collection.
Among the rarest pieces is an original map of Paris bound into a luxurious atlas that was commissioned by Sieur Turgot, provost of the Paris merchants.
While ambling through Paris, the traveller experience the bustle of the city through excerpts from urban chronicles travel stories and colourful expressions.
Credit: Compound microscope Louis XV, Alexis Magny, France, about 1745-1750 © Stewart Museum