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Temporary exhibition

Wednesday April 25, 2018 — Sunday March 24, 2019

Paris on display

18th-century boutiques

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.

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.

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.

The virtual reality experience “A Paris Snowfall” offers a brief immersion in Paris 18th-Century .

Discover the highlights of the exhibition Paris on Display – 18th century boutiques.

Immerse yourself in the excitement of the City of Light by browsing the 18th century shops.

Not to be missed!

What people are saying about it

« Visitors walk through the exhibition as if they were crossing the districts and streets of Paris, whose names are inscribed on the floor, passing from one shop display to another » Catherine Girouard – Le Devoir
« An original and richly documented exhibition to be done with the family » Nathalie Simon-Clerc – L’Outarde libérée
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