Paris on Display: 18th-Century boutiques



Nothing in the world is more worthy of seeing and knowing than the rare beauties of Paris. -  
Translation of quotation from Georges Louis Le Rouge, Les Curiositez de Paris, 1742.


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

A Paris Snowfall

Experience Paris in 18th-Century through the virtual reality experience A Paris Snowfall, developed by Studio BLVD. Get a view of the French capital as rendered through the art of paper cutting. Immersed in a poetic story that unfolds during a particularly harsh winter, they accompany a fictional traveler making his way through the streets of La Cité.

La Cité, La Ville et L'Université


Explore the three main commercial districts of the period: La Cité, La Ville 
and L’Université.

In La Cité, a district surrounded by the Seine and endowed with such remarkable buildings as Notre-Dame Cathedral, explore the workshops of scientific instrument makers and map dealers, notably on the Quay de l'Horloge. 

In La Ville, a district featuring the luxurious rue Saint-Honoré, the Louvre Palace and the Hôtel de Ville, the Porcelain de France boutique offers up its exquisite pieces.

In L’Université, known for the Collège de la Sorbonne and the Hôtel Royal des Invalides, stop at the boutique Au Petit Dunkerque on the Quay de Conti as well as the book and print sellers along rue Saint-Jacques.


Credit: - The Gardener with Apron, The Milkmaid, The Farmer, The butter Churner, after François Boucher,
French porcelain, France, 18th century © Stewart Museum
- Terrestrial and Celestial globes, Didier Robert de Vaugondy, France, 1751 and 1773 © Stewart Museum
- Village Wedding, (detail) low-warp Tapestry, Royal Manufactory of Aubusson, after a Gobelins tapestry Cartoon, about 1760 © Stewart Museum

Museum's boutique


The Stewart Museum Gift Shop offers a unique selection of products inspired by the 18th-century Parisian marketplace. You will find a variety of objects of scientific interest such as reproduction globes and compasses, as well as whimsical decorative items and jewelry along with books and one of a kind reproductions of maps and engravings. 

Senior wednesdays


Every Wednesday until March 20, 2019, receive 50% off the second admission at the senior rate.