A huge and exciting assortment of temporary Paris museum exhibitions and show help cement the City of Light's well-earned reputation as the cultural capital of the world.

The Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Picasso Museum, Centre Pompidou, Grand Palais (due to current renovations, relocated to Grand Palais Immersif on Champs de Mars), Fondation Louis Vuitton, Rodin Museum, Grande Halle de la Villette, Atelier des Lumières, Musée de l'Orangerie and others typically offer multiple exhibitions each year.  

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For Parisians and visitors alike, these shows provide an essential part of the city's dynamic cultural life as well as the source of entertainment and enjoyment.  

Although many of these shows take place at Paris art museums, you'll also find them at the city's history museums, science museums, military museums, and other venues including special exhibition halls.

What will you experience?  Everything from an in-depth view at Yves Saint Laurent's impact on design to a Rosa Bonheur retrospective... a blockbuster exhibition of paintings, sculpture, photography, design, cinema, and literature during Germany's Weimar Republic... the evolution of sneakers to a digital art show featuring Cezanne.

Some museum exhibitions and shows require a special event ticket (usually about 10€-20€) while others are included with the general admission ticket.  A few are free.

Please note:  We show admission fees in Euros in this article, but if you book through a link on this page, you may see the fee in your own currency. 

A few venues such as the Louvre add a small booking fee (usually 1€) if you get tickets online), and at least one other (Atelier des Lumieres) adds a couple of euros if you do NOT book online and instead buy your ticket at the door. 

Also, just as a reminder: although we do our best to keep prices and other information updated, they may change without our knowledge.


To find out about all Paris museums, monuments (plus institutions focused on collections, research, and displays, such as botanical gardens, zoos, and aquariums), check out our Paris Museums and Monuments Complete Guide.

If you're visiting Paris and plan to visit other museums and attractions, you may save a lot with a Paris Museum Pass, which gives you skip-the-line free entry at selected museums by booking in advance.

We've packed a lot into this article, so use these links to get to your favorite museum categories:

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Paris Art Museum Exhibitions - 2024

Louvre Museum Exhibitions

  • Near Eastern Antiquities from the Met - Ten major works dating from the 4th millennium BC and the 5th century AD from Central Asia, Syria, and Iran (Mesopotamia) on line from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will be paired with pieces from the Louvre.
    Dates:  through September 28, 2025
  • Olympism: Modern Invention, Ancient Legacy - Discover how the first modern Olympic Games came into being, in what political context, and how the organisers set out to reinvent the sporting competitions of ancient Greece.  You can also see the first Olympic Cup, which was designed and created in France.
    Dates: Through Sept 16
  • Figures of The Fool - View over 300 art works, mostly Medieval, in this examination of the concept of The Fool during the Middle Ages.
    Dates: October 16, 2024 - Feb 3, 2025
  • Guillaume Guillon-Lethiere - A major exhibition of the paintings and drawings depicting the political upheavals between the Revolution to the July Monarchy by this 19th century African/Guadeloupean-French artist and collector, little-known today but renowned during his lifetime. .
    Dates: November 13, 2024 - Feb 17, 2025

Tickets:  22€ adults plus the Louvre's usual 3€ online booking fee; includes special exhibits and permanent collections; book in advance with a reserved time slot and skip-the-line access; can also book in advance for free admission with a Paris Museum Pass
Location:  Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1;  Metro: Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre

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Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay) Exhibitions - 2024

  • Paris 1874: Inventing Impressionism - Works from the Impressionism exhibition in 1874 are contrasted with traditional paintings and sculptures from the official Paris Salon held that year to demonstrate the radical modernity of the Impressionists.
    Dates:  Through July 14, 2024
  • Tonight with the Impressionists:  Paris 1874 - Inventing Impressionism - This immersive expedition in virtual reality will transport you back to the 1874 “Salon des Refusés.” 
    Dates:  Through August 11, 2024
  • Harriet Backer (1845-1932): The Music of Color - An exhibition of the work of this Norwegian artist and her luminous use of color   
    Dates:  September 24 - to January 12th, 2025
  • Caillebotte: Painting Men - An in-depth look at Caillebotte's focus in his art on masculine forms and portraits of men in response to the realist movement and in ways that challenged the established norms of his era.
    Dates:  Oct 8, 2024 - January 19, 2025

Musée d'Orsay Tickets:  16€ adults.  Book a reserved-access ticket for skip-the-line access, or use your Paris Museum Pass for free entry
Location: 
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7;  Metro: Pont de l'Alma; Invalides

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Atelier des Lumières Exhibitions 2024

Cezanne show at Atelier des Lumières
The recent Chagall show at Atelier des Lumières
  • Egyptian Pharaohs - Discover ancient Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs in this virtual journey along the Nile River in Upper and Lower Egypt as you see legendary rulers, great battles, famous temples and tombs, and magestic landscapes
  • The Orientalists - Be dazzled by paintings of Oriental cities, souks, palaces, and landscapes by Ingres, Delacroix, Gerome, and other major European expressionists based on their travels to the East
  • Foreign Nature - A contemporary creation of color, sound, imagery, and movement

Dates:  Through January 5, 2025

Also, a summer-only return of two hits from the past on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from July 8 - Sept 1

  • Van Gogh: Starry Night - A panoramic immersion into the work of Van Gogh accompanied by evocative music from a variety of eras
  • Dreamed Japan: Images of the Floating World - See the Japan of geishas, samurai warriors, and spirits come alive from the Japanese woodblock prints that became the rage in Europe during the late 1800s

Tickets:  17€ adults for timed entry, with reduced rates for families, youth, seniors; purchase online; you can also purchase at the door for 2€ more per ticket but there's no guarantee you'll get in as timeslots are often fully booked
Getting there:  38 Rue Saint Maur, 11th arrondissement;  Metro: Saint-Maur

Please note:  Atelier des Lumieres closes each year from the second week in January through the first week in February.

Saint-Eustasche Church: Luminesence Immersive Show

Luminescence immersive show at Saint-Eustasche Church - Photo courtesy of luminescense.fr
Luminescence immersive show at Saint-Eustasche Church - Photo courtesy of luminescense.fr

Experience an immersive experience in the Saint-Eustasche Church while video, music from the Middle Ages to the current time, and light reveal the architectural details, luminous stained glass windows, and history of this magnificent place.

Dates:  Through July, 2024

Tickets:  From 24€ (3 price categories available - book "A," the priciest, to sit up front and see the organist and chorus, "C" to sit at the back and get the full immersive show experience, and "B" for a balance of both - and don't worry, the acoustics are superb wherever you sit; purchase online; you can also purchase at the door but shows are selling out for a number of dates so you take a risk by not booking in advance.

Location:  1st Arrondissement, near Les Halles
Metro: Chatelet;  RER: Chatelet-Les Halles

Centre Pompidou Exhibitions 2024

Centre Pompidou, with its famous "inside out" design, will be closed from the fall of 2025 to 2030 while undergoing major structural repairs as well as an expansion.  A gradual closure will begin as early as Fall 2024.

While Pompidou is closed, it will host some shows offsite, including one on art brut (Outsider Art) at the Grand Palais, possibly several others at the Louvre, and also touring shows.

But, if you're hoping to visit the actual Centre sometime this decade, you need to come within the next year.  Here are current major exhibitions:

  • Brancusi - This blockbuster exhibition of work by Constantin Brancusi brings together over 120 sculptures from private collections and other museums plus photographs, drawings, films, and more in a re-creation of his studio.
    Dates: Through July 1, 2024; Galerie 1, Level 6
  • Vera Molnar: Parler à l'Oeil - Paintings, drawings, photographs, and murals pay tribute to the creativity of this pioneer in numeric art.
    Dates: Through Sept 2, 2024; Level 4
  • Hervé Di Rosa: Le Passe-Mondes - This show of about 30 paintings featuring unique characters by Herve Di Rosa, pioneer of "Modest Art," display his influences from graffiti, comics, and Dadaism with echos of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Kenny Scharf.
    Dates: Through Sept 2, 2024; Level 4
  • L’Enfance du Design
    Dates: April 24 - August 12, 2024

Open:  Daily, except for Tuesdays and May 1, with early closure (7pm on December 24 and 31.

Pompidou Tickets:  15€ adults; book online (includes some shows plus permanent collections) or use your Paris Museum Pass for free entry; shows in several galleries require an additional ticket at (usually) an extra cost of 1-2€, so book the "permanent and temporary" ticket if you want to see one of these exhibits.  Or enhance your visit with a private tour by an expert guide.
Getting there:  Rue Saint-Martin between Rue Rambuteau and Rue Merri, 4th;  Metro:  Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville, Châtelet; RER: Châtelet les Halles, lines A, B, D

Musée de Cluny - What's On

  • The Marvelous Treasure of Oignies: 13th Century Sparks of Brilliance - Breathtaking gold and silver treasures from the Middle Ages, on display outside of Belgium for the first time. 
    Dates:  Through October 20, 2024

Tickets:  12€.  Get your Musée de l'Orangerie at the door (there's usually a line but it usually moves quickly) or online, or use your Paris Museum Pass for free entry
Cluny Location:  28 rue Du Sommerard, 75005;  Metro: Cluny-La Sorbonne, Saint-Michel, Odéon
; Open daily except Mondays from 9:30am - 6:15pm, and until 9pm on the first and third Thursdays of each month

Musée de l'Orangerie Exhibitions

  • Robert Ryman: The Eye in Action - This exhibition by the late American artist Robert Ryman examines the relationships among surfaces, limites, space, light, and duration in his minimalist paintings.
    Dates:  Through July 1, 2024
  • Heinz Berggruen: A Dealer & His Collection - See works by Picasso, Klee, Matisse, Giacometti, and others.
    Dates:  October 16, 2024 to January 26, 2025

Tickets:  12.50€.  Get your Musée de l'Orangerie at the door or online (includes permanent collections and special exhibitions), save with a combo ticket for skip-the-line museum entrance and a Seine River cruise, or use your Paris Museum Pass for free entry
Musee de l'Orangerie Location:  Tuileries Garden (southwest corner), 75001;  Metro:  Concorde, Assemblée Nationale

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Musée du Quai Branly 

  • Shamanic Visions - Explore the relationship between hallucinogenic imagery and art in the Peruvian Amazon.
    Dates:  Through May 26, 2024

Tickets: 12€ adults; includes permanent collections & temporary exhibitions in the Garden Gallery; some special shows may require a separate ticket.  Book online, or get free entry (not including ticketed shows) with a Paris Museum Pass
Location: 37 Quai Branly (almost next door to the Eiffel Tower), 7th arrondissement;  Metro/RER: Pont d'Alma

Fluctuart

  • Tania Mouraud: In the Winds of Forgiving - Eleven typographical art compositions in 11 languages explore the history of revolts against injustice and the need to build a better world by this pioneering urban artist.
    Dates:  Through April 28, 2024 

Admission: Free
Where:  Seine River Bank, by the Port des Invalides bridge, Paris 7; open Wednesday-Sunday from 12pm - 1am; Metro:  Invalides

Espace Lafayette Drouot Exhibition

  • The World of Banksy: The Immersive Experience - Immerse yourself in reproductions of over 100 works by the famous but mysterious street artist Banksy.  Optional: Visit a recreation in Paris of The Walled Off Hotel.
    Dates:  Ongoing

Tickets: 14€ for adults - Book online
Where:  44 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, Paris 9; closed on Mondays; Metro:  Le Peletier

Fondation Cartier for Contemporary Art

Matthew Barney:  Secondary

Secondary, the latest video installation by American Matthew Barney, explores violence within the context of sports entertainment as 11 performers (including Barney) with older bodies reenacting the memory of a 1978 pro football game when a serious injury occurred. 
Dates: 
June 8 - Sept 8

Tickets (for shows):  11€ adults (12€ online - worth getting as some shows are quite popular and have long ticket lines onsite)
Location: 261 Boulevard Raspail, Paris 14;  Metro:  Raspail
Closed: Mondays

Fondation Louis Vuitton (Louis Vuitton Foundation) - 2024

Fondation Louis Vuitton, where the stunning architicture is part of the art
Part of the Ellsworth Kelly show at Fondation Louis Vuitton

Fondation Louis Vuitton mounts two major exhibitions each year of modern or contemporary artists, usually separated by a gap of about 4-6 weeks.  During the gap period, FLV displays art from its permanent collection, and usually (although not always) reduces the admission charge.

  • Ellsworth Kelly: Forms & Colors, 1949-2015 - More than 100 works by the American abstract painter and sculptor in celebration of the centenary of his birth, plus Matisse, The Red Workshop, an exhibit dedicated to the inspiration and history of the artist's 1911 painting, L'Atelier Rouge - Dates for both exhibitions:  May 5 - September 9, 2024 

Tickets:  Book in advance (includes premium access through a special entrance, permanent and temporary exhibitions, a downloadable audio guide, round-trip shuttle pick up/drop off across from Arc de Triomphe, and free entrance from the Foundation to its neighbor, Jardin d'Acclimatation)
Location: 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16;  Metro: Les Sablons, plus about a 10-minute walk (or take the shuttle bus included with the ticket)

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Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute) Exhibitions

Baghdad: A Journey Back to Mandinat al-Salam, with Assasin's Creed Mirage- Exquisite objects from the Abbasid period (750-12580 are showcased amid visual content from the popular video game showing the splendor of this lost city in its golden age.
Dates: 
Through  November 10, 2024

Tickets:  Range from about 8€-19€ adults, depending on the exhibition or event (the Institute hosts numerous concerts and other events); includes permanent collections plus exhibition; find details and get tickets on the Institute website; free access with a Paris Museum Pass to permanent collection only
Location: 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris 5;  Metro: Cardinal Lemoine or Sulland-Morland (walk across bridge)

Paris Discovery Tip:  While you're there, stop by the 9th floor terrace for spectacular views of Paris (you can see the view here) and treat yourself to refreshing mint tea and Lebanese pastries served most afternoons.  The restaurant also serves delicious Lebanese cuisine in the evenings and offers the same wonderful views.

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Guimet Museum (National Museum of Asian Art) Exhibitions

  • T'ang Haywen - A selection of 100 works provide a major overview of this Chinese artist who has lived and worked in Paris since arriving as a student in 1948.
    Dates: 
    Through June 17

Tickets:  13€ adults; includes permanent collections plus most exhibitions; buy online or enter free with a Paris Museum Pass
Location: 6 Place d'Iéna, Paris 16;  Metro:  Iéna

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Grand Palais Immersif 

  • Urban Art in the Digital Era - A close-up immersive look at urban street art as it unfolds in this digital show set to the music of Roque Rivas.
    Dates: 
    Through July 21

Tickets: 15.50€ for adults; get tickets here
Where:  110 rue de Lyon  (Opera Bastille complex; entrance is on the side of the building), Paris 12; Metro: Place de la Bastille

Le Petit Palais

  • Modern Paris: 1905-1925 - See Paris from the Belle Epoque through the Roaring '20s in this exploration of fashion, filmmaking, architecture, and design as the city tranformed into the modern era with World War I as the backdrop.  The exhibition includes about 400 works by leading artists of that period, as well as clothing, jewelry, and even a plane and car.
    Dates: 
    Through April 14
    Tickets:  15€; free for under 18 year olds
  • Theodore Rousseau: The Voice of the Forest - Major exhibition of Rousseau's work, especially of the forests of Fontainebleau, and his influence on the Barbizon artists who transformed French landscape painting and led the way for the Impressionists.
    Dates: 
    Through July 7
    Tickets:  12€; free for under 18 year olds

Admission:  Free for permanent collection (which is wonderful) but tickets (cost varies) usually required for special exhibits; buy at the door (line usually moves reasonably quickly), or online to reserve a time slot
Location:  Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8;  Metro:  Champs-Elysées Clemenceau

Luxembourg Museum Exhibitions 

  • Match - Explores the interaction of Design and Sport, especially in the context of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
    Dates: 
    Through August 11

Tickets: 15.50€ for adults; get tickets here
Where:  19 Rue de Vaugirard (next to Luxembourg Garden), Paris 6; closed on Mondays; Metro:  Saint-Sulpice or Odeon

Maison Européenne de la Photographie

The MEP presents three exhibitions seasons each year, normally showing the work of a major French or international artist on the first two floors and the work of at least two emerging artists in other spaces.

  • Exteriors - Annie Ernaux and Photography
    Dates: 
    Through May 26
  • Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn - Fashion Icon
    Dates: 
    Through May 26
  • Iris Millot - The Sun Comes Out at the Fork in the Road
    Dates:  Through July 4

Tickets:  14€ adults - sometimes a short line, but usually moves fast; you can also book online for an extra euro; museum website; closed on Mondays
Location: 5 Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4;  Metro:  Saint Paul

Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris Exhibitions

  • Arab Presences - Modern Art & Decolonisation: Paris 1908-1988
    Dates: 
    Through August 25
  • Jean Helion - The Prose of the World
    Dates: 
    Through August 18
  • Carte Blanche for Ari Marcopoulos - Beware
    Dates: 
    Through August 25

Tickets: Free admission to the galleries showing pieces from the museum's permanent collection.  Tickets required for most temporary exhibitions (if you're interested in modern and contemporary art, they are usually well worth seeing); book online
Location: 11 Avenue du President Wilson, Paris 16;  Metro: Iéna

Musée Maillol

Large-scale paintings by Cherie Samba at Musee Maillol
Large-scale paintings by Cherie Samba (previous exhibit) at Musee Maillol
  • Andres Serrano: Portraits of America - Photography exhibition by Serrano of the cultural tensions behind the electoral battle in the coming U.S. election.
    Dates: 
    Through October 20

Tickets:  17.50€ adults; includes permanent collections plus exhibition; museum website
Location: 59 Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7;  Metro: Rue du Bac

Musée Picasso Exhibitions

  • Chirico, Ernst, Leger, & Picabia in the Apartment of Leonce Rosenberg:  A pictoral ensemble by major artists from between World War I and II
    Dates: 
    Through May 19

Tickets:  Book your Picasso Museum ticket or enter free of charge with a Paris Museum Pass.  For a VIP experience, book a private small-group tour.
Location: 5 Rue de Thorigny, Paris 3;  Metro: Saint-Paul or Filles du Calvaire

Musée Rodin Exhibitions

Roses in bloom in Musee Rodin Garden in May
Roses in bloom in Musee Rodin Garden in May
  • No current special exhibitions
  • Roses in Bloom in the Garden - This annual display of color reaches its peak during May and June, with continuing blooms throughout the summer and fall

Tickets:  Choose a Rodin Museum ticket only, or get a combined ticket for both the Rodin and Picasso museums; all ticket types also include permanent collections.  You can also use a Paris Museum Pass for free admission
Location: 77 Rue de Varenne, Paris 7;  Metro: Varenne

Palais de Tokyo 

  • Dislocations - A group exhibition by 15 artists from different generations and backgrounds whose work is informed by the experience of exile, of being torn between here and there, past and present.
    Dates:  Through June 30
  • Approaching Unreason - A group multimedia exhibition exploring different ways of transforming places of isolation into places of protection to offer refuges from the violence of society.
    Dates:  Through June 30
  • Signal: Mohamed Bourouissa - Works that create collective stories based on roots of bitterness.
    Dates:  Through June 30

Tickets:  12€ adults; museum website
Location: 13 Avenue du President Wilson, Paris 16;  Metro: Iena

Pinault Collection

  • Le Monde Comme Il Va - Iconic works from the Pinault Collection
    Dates:  Through September 2
  • Kimsooja - Carte Blanche
    Dates: 
    Through September 2
  • Arte Povera - Major works by 13 artists tracing the history of this movement from Italy to around the world
    Dates: 
    October 9, 2024 - March 25, 2025

Location: Bourse de Commerce, 2 Rue de Viarmes, Paris 1;  Metro: Rue de Rivoli or Les Halles
Tickets:  14€; includes all exhibitions; buy at the ticket office across the plaza from the front entrance (it's easy to spot), or reserve online

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Paris History & Historical House (& Palace) Museum Exhibitions & Shows - 2024

Chateau de Versailles Exhibitions & Shows

Fountain at the Palace of Versailles
Fountain at the Palace of Versailles
  • Musical Fountains & Musical Gardens Shows - You'll know spring has arrived in Paris when the 55 fountains and pools and the 600 water features of the Chateau de Versailles come alive in the Musical Gardens and Musical Fountains Shows in the Gardens at Palace of Versailles -  Get Your Tickets
    Dates: March 29 - October 31, 9am - 7pm (or when the groves close); Night Fountains Shows take place on Saturday evenings from June 8 - Sept 21, from 8:30pm - 11:05pm - Get Your Tickets

These two highly-rated guided tours of Versailles include transportation from Paris and entrance to Musical Gardens or Musical Fountains (on days when they take place):

Prefer to travel to Versailles and explore on your own?  Get a Versailles Palace & Gardens Full Access Ticket that includes the shows on days when they are available.

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Versailles' special exhibitions are not well-known - in fact, most people skip them because there's so much else to see there.  

But if you have time, check them out because they are usually excellent and you're likely to see things you might not encounter elsewhere.

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Hotel de la Marine 

  • Al Thani Collection: A Taste for the Renaissance - Renaissance masterpieces from the Al Thani Collection and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 
    Dates:  Through June 30

How to Visit Hotel de la Marine

This exquisitely restored 18th century mansion overlooking Place de la Concorde offers two ticketed tour experiences:  1) a 45-minute tour of the breathtaking reception rooms, which some visitors consider even more beautiful than those at Versailles Palace, and 2) the basic tour plus an additional 45-minute tour of additional rooms and an exhibition of art from the Al Thani collection of art from numerous cultures spanning 6,000+ years. 

Book your tickets
Location: 2 Place de la Concorde, Paris 8;  Metro: Concorde


Exhibitions at Paris Fashion & Decorative Arts Museums 2024

Palais Galliera Exhibitions

Haute couture on display at Palais Galliera in Paris
Haute couture on display at Palais Galliera in Paris
  • Fashion on the Move - This exhibition traces the history and evolution of women's sportswear and the liberation of women's bodies through physical activities as well as fashion.
    Dates:  Through September 7, 2025

Admission: 15€
Location: 10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris 16;  Metro: Iéna
Tickets:   Website

Decorative Arts Museum (Musée des Arts Decoratifs) Exhibitions 

  • The Birth of the Famous Magazines: Fashion, design, games, publicity, 1852-1925.
    Dates:  April 10 - October 13

Tickets:  14€ adults - be sure to book a special exhibition ticket, which includes permanent collections plus exhibitions; buy online (highly recommended for weekend visits) or at the door (usually short lines during the week) - please note that the Paris Museum Pass includes permanent exhibits only
Location: 107 Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1;  Metro: Tuileries or Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre
Closed: Mondays as well as December 25, January 1, May 1



Drouot Auction House (Hôtel Drouot)

Paintings by Renoir and Dufy on display before being auctioned at Hotel Drouot in Paris
Paintings by Renoir and Dufy on pre-auction display at Hotel Drouot in Paris

To be clear, Drouot is not a museum - it's Paris's premier auction house which hosts 70 auction firms that exhibit and sell art, furniture, decorative objects, and collectables in about 1,200 auctions each year.  But that said, you can see some amazing art here.

Whether you want to see museum-quality art which you can bring home with you (if you have a huge bank account), surprisingly affordable treasures, and everything in between, this is the place to come.

Both regular exhibition spaces and auctions are open to the public.  After a quick bag check, you just walk in, along with about 5,000 other daily visitors.  Displays of items to be auctioned - usually the next day - change daily.

You never know what you're going to see here.  But if you feel thrilled by the possibility of discovering, for example, a breath-taking painting by Renoir or Dufy that's usually hidden from public view in private collections, this is where to come. 

The BIG caveat:  You can see each art treasure on display here for one day only.  If you don't want to miss anything during your visit to Paris, stay nearby and pop in for a few minutes (or more) every day.  

Open:  Monday through Friday, 11am - 6pm, plus Thursday evenings until 9pm.  Occasionally open on Saturday. 
Admission: Usually free (except for occasional ticketed events/auctions and private events)
Where:  9 Rue Drouot, Paris 9; Metro:  Le Peletier,
Line 7
Recommended nearby hotels: Hotel Millennium Paris Opera - Hotel Chopin - Holiday Inn Paris Opera



Paris Science & Technology Museum Exhibitions

Musée de l'Homme (Anthropology Museum)

  • Préhistomania - Discover the adventure of discovering prehistoric art.
    Dates:  May 20

Tickets: 13€ adults; includes permanent collections & temporary exhibitions.  Book online, or get free entry with a Paris Museum Pass
Location: 17 Place de Trocadero, 16th arrondissement;  Metro/RER: Pont d'Alma

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Jardin des Plantes 2024

Four enormous greenhouses and extensive (and well-labeled) botanical gardens are packed with living collections of the plant world; periodic special exhibitions give additional reasons to visit.

  • A Thousand and One Orchids 2025 - This popular annual event displays numerous orchids of all types in the Jardin des Plantes' spectacular greenhouses.
    Dates:  February 5 - March 2 (to be confirmed)
    Tickets:  Included in regular greenhouse entrance fee, but due to the great popularity of this show, you should get your tickets online in advance

Greenhouses

Available to visit throughout the year.

Tickets to Greenhouses:  7€ adults; buy online or at the greenhouse entrance
Admission to the Botanical Garden: Free
Location: Greenhouses, Jardin des Plantes, Paris 5;  Metro:  Jussieu, Place Monge, Austerlitz, or Quai de la Rapée (walk across the Pont d'Austerlitz bridge to the garden)

Grand Gallery of Evolution (Grande Galerie de l'Évolution

  • No special exhibits right now

Tickets:  13€ (includes admission to the rest of the Gallery)
Location: 36 Rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Paris 5;  Metro: Jussieu, Saint-Marcel, or Quai de La Rapée


Paris Military Museums Shows

Army Museum (Musée de la Armée) at Les Invalides Exhibitions 2024

Les Invalides at Musée de la Armée
Les Invalides at Musée de la Armée
  • Aura - A entertaining immersive show that brings to life the architecture and history of the Invalides Dome with spectacular lighting effects and narration.  Book online
    Dates: Through September, 2033 (yes, that's really 2033 - not a typo!)

Invalides tickets (without show):  15€ adults, free for 17 and under; includes permanent collections plus most exhibitions; buy a priority entrance ticket online online or enter free with a Paris Museum Pass
Location: 129 Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7;  Metro: Tour Maubourg, Varennes, Invalides

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