Museums Night 2022 at the Musée Jean-Jacques Rousseau (95)

Published by Laurent P., Elodie D. · Published on 4 May 2022 at 17h48
Make the most of Museums Night 2022 to discover the Musée Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a museum set in one of the philosopher’s houses in Montmorency. This is a fabulous occasion to learn more about his major pieces like “The Social Contract”, “Emile or On Education”!

At nightfall, head to the Mont-Louis in Montmorency for Museums Night, which 18th edition is held on Saturday May 14, 2022, to visit Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s home. Although the philosopher only lived in Montmorency for 5 years – between 1757 and 1762 – he wrote his major pieces there: “Julie or the new Heloise”, “The Social Contract” or “Emile or On Education”.

The very controversial “Emile or On Education” – that led him to exile – made of the city of Montmorency a place of pilgrimage for all literature lovers. And even though the philosopher’s home is used after he left, the city of Montmorency did it all to get it back and make it a museum devoted to Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

In this refurbished home, discover furniture and items from the style of Rousseau’s era, including Rousseau’s bed, Thérèse’s bed, the table on which he wrote his “New Heloise”, his barometer, and two crystal jars Rousseau used to cover his light so he could read in the garden by night.

On the walls, original documents send us back to Rousseau’s Montmorency era, for a biographic presentation of the philosopher of the Enlightenment. A great tour idea if you like the philosopher.

Museums Night 2022 program at the Musée Jean-Jacques Rousseau:

  • Self-guided tours of the “Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Portraits d’une icône universelle” exhibition
    Saturday May 14, at 6 p.m.
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau is a universal icon: illustrious representant of the Enlightenments, his writing and portrait are known by all. But what was he really like? Rousseau was portraited by famous artists. His image is spread through big models, reflecting the highlights of his life: famous philosopher and admire, exiled and persecuted writer, and then worshipped and acclaimed character. Rousseau’s iconography is full of meaning and a source of artistic and literary production. It takes over all homes, from the most fortunate to the poorest ones, and all materials (paintings, sculptures, engravings, clocks, medallions, plates…). This is what we could call the “Rousseaumania” still on today. This exhibition unveils a multi-faceted man and presents pieces never taken out of the archives, as well as loans from the Domaine de Chaalis – Institut de France. The exhibition goes on in the museum’s garden: fun facts tells what happened behind the scenes of the philosopher’s portraits.


Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On 14 May 2022
From 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.



    5 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    95160 Montmorency


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