Upcoming Exhibition


Paris on Display: 18th-Century Boutiques
From April 25, 2018, to March 24, 2019 

Paris on Display: 18th-Century Boutiques


Stores of the Louvre, drawing, France, 18th century © Stewart Museum

Starting April 25, 2018,
this new exhibition invites everyone to visit the City of Light as it was in the 18th century and explore the boutiques in three districts of Paris known for their commercial bustle: la Cité, la Ville and l’Université. Browsing through shops with excerpts from 18th-century urban chronicles and travel guides, visitors will meet the merchants of the Quai de l’Horloge and the haberdashers of Saint-Honoré. More than 300 artefacts from the Stewart Museum’s rich collection will evoke the activities of boutiques with such poetic names as “À l’Olivier, À la Sphère” and “Au Chagrin de Turquie.” This exhibition, which will be on display until March 24, 2019, will take a historical look at a consumer society in the making.