A huge and exciting assortment of temporary shows and exhibitions in Paris museums, galleries, and other venues 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, 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.  

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. 

What will you experience?  Everything from an in-depth view of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpieces to a Cindy Sherman retrospective ... a 21st century look at Napoleon's impact on France to the impact of graffiti artists on street art ... emerging Sub-Saharan artists to Toulouse-Lautrec posters. 

Some museum exhibitions and shows require a special event ticket (usually about 10€-20€) while others are included with the general admission ticket.  If you're visiting Paris and planning to visit other museums and attractions, you may save a lot with a Paris Museum Pass or the Paris City Pass (which includes the Museum Pass), which gives you skip the line free entry by booking in advance.

Check out our listing of the best exhibitions happening right now and coming up soon.  To find top shows for each month, go to our Paris Events calendars.

Top photo:  Exhibition at Centre Pompidou, biggest modern art museum in in Paris

Louvre Museum Exhibitions - 2021-2022

Paris-Athens: The Birth of Modern Greece, 1675-1919

Explores how the rediscovery of Greek antiquity changed the European view of Greece.
Dates:  September 30, 2021 - Feb 7, 2022

We Are Interning!  Costume Designs from the Edmond de Rothschild Collection

See hundreds of spectacular costume designs for balls, ballets, masquerades, and operas given in France from the reign of François I to that of Louis XIV
Dates:  October 28, 2021 - Jan 31, 2022

Pharoah of the Two Lands:  An African Epic - The Kings of Napata

Based on the Louvre's archaeological campaign in Sudan, this exhibit highlights an 8th century BC kingdom around the Nile Delta which founded the 25th Dynasty of Kushite kings.
Dates:  April 27, 2022 - July 25, 2022

Tickets:  17€ adults plus 3€ 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 2021-2022

Cinema at Last!    Arts, Images and Shows in France (1833-1907)

A close look at innovations such as photography as well as cultural and artistic forces leading to the creation of early films and cinemas; features nearly 300 works, objects, and films. 
Dates:  September 25 - January 16, 2022

Signac, the Collector 

See how Signac's love of color led to his collections of Impressionists (Cezanne, Monet, Degas), Neo-Impressionists (Seurat, Pissarro), Nabis (Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton), and Fauves (Matisse).  Dates:  October 12, 2021 - February 13, 2022


First major show of Antoni Gaudí's work in Paris in 50 years, including pieces of his furniture never seen before in France, and focusing on his creations of palaces, urban hotels, parks, and churches including the Sagrada Familia
Dates:  April 12, 2022 - July 17, 2022

Aristide Maillol (1861-1944): The Quest for Harmony 

A major retrospective of the work of this important early 20th century sculptor whose monumental female nudes can be seen not only in the Orsay's permanent collection but also in Tuileries Garden next to the Louvre. 
Dates:  April 12, 2022 - August 21, 2022

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

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Atelier des Lumières Exhibitions 2021-2022

Dalí: The Endless Enigma and Gaudí, Architect of the Imagination

Immersive digital show accompanied by original music explores the works of Dalí and Gaudí. 

Dates:  Now through January 2, 2022; open daily
Tickets:  15€ adults; purchase online on the L'Atelier website
Getting there:  38 Rue Saint Maur, 11th arrondissement;  Metro: Saint-Maur

Centre Pompidou Exhibitions 2021

Homage of Georges Rouault: Holy Rages

Centre Pompidou celebrates the 150th anniversary of Georges Rouault's birth with a special exhibit of 20 of his works.

Dates:  July 9 - Oct 3, 2021
Tickets:  Book online (includes show plus permanent collections); reserve a time slot when you book
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 l'Orangerie - 2021-2022

Isabelle Cornaro: Image Intervals

This series of large compositions acts as a deliberate counterpoint to Monet's Water Lilies.
Dates:  Sept 15, 2021 - Jan 10, 2022

Chaïm Soutine / Willem de Kooning: Painting Embodied

See the influence of Russian-born Paris painter Chaïm Soutine on the abstract expressionist Dutch-born American painter Willem de Kooning.
Dates:  Sept 15, 2021 - Jan 10, 2022

David Hockney: A Year in Normandy

Inspired by a tapestry showing William, Duke of Normandy's 11th century conquest of England, Hockney created these luminous new works by using Impressionist techniques for capturing the effects of light and a year of seasonal change on his iPad.   
Dates:  Oct 13, 2021 - Feb 14, 2022

At the Source of the Water Lilies:  The Impressionists and Decoration

Eighty paintings, ceramics, fans, and drawings by Cassatt, Cézanne, Degas, Monet, Renoir, and other late 19th century artists demonstrate the degree to which they forged a new path by creating art for its decorative qualities. 
Dates:  March 2, 2022 - July 11, 2022

Tickets:  12.50€.  Book your Musée de l'Orangerie ticket online (includes permanent collections and special exhibitions), save with a combo ticket to Musée de l'Orangerie and the Orsay Museum, or use your Paris Museum Pass for free entry
Location:  Tuileries Garden (southwest corner), 75001;  Metro:  Concorde, Assemblée Nationale

Grande Halle de La Villette - 2021

Napoleon:  The Exhibition

This blockbuster show explores the heroic and tragic life of Napoleon Bonaparte and his role in shaping today's France; uses 150+ original artworks, personal items, huge reconstructions, and digitized displays to immerse visitors in decisive moments in French history.

Dates:  Now through December 19, 2021
Tickets:  20€ adults; purchase in advance through the event website
Location: 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 19th arrondissement;  Metro: Porte de Pantin or Porte de La Villette

Musée du Quai Branly - 2021

The Olmecs & Gulf of Mexico Civilizations

Journey across 3,000 years to explore the Olmec civilization and other little-known pre-Columbian culturs around the Gulf of Mexico.
Dates:  Now through October 3, 2021

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 with a Paris Museum Pass
Location: 37 Quai Branly (very close to the Eiffel Tower), 7th arrondissement;  Metro/RER: Pont d'Alma

More Shows at Smaller & Specialty Museums, Galleries, and Exhibition Halls

Guimet Museum (National Museum of Asian Art) Exhibitions - 2021-2022

Gardens of Asia

An exploration of gardens in 80 works from Lahore to Kyoto.
Dates:  Now through September 20, 2021

Napoleon?  Encore!

Thirty contemporary artists created new works to celebrate (or question) this historic figure. See their creations!  Dates:  Now through February 13, 2022

Tickets:  11.50€ adults; includes permanent collections plus exhibitions; buy online or enter free with a Paris Museum Pass
Location: 6 Place d'Iéna, Paris 16;  Metro:  Iéna

Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe) Exhibitions - 2021-2022


A unique tribute to the greatest 20th century female Arab artists of music and film from Oum Kalthoum to Dalida that celebrates both history and contemporary heritage.  Feel free to bring your own headphones for top music quality! 
Through Sept 26

Lights of Lebanon: Modern & Contemporary Art from 1950 to Today

Celebrates artists from Lebanon and its disporas with more than 100 works by Shafic Abboud, Etel Adnan, Saliba Douaihy, Paul Guiragossian, Hussein Madi, and 50 other artists. 
Dates:  September 21, 2021 to January 2, 2022

Eastern Jews: A Millennial History

As part of a series of exhibits focused on monotheistic religions in the Arab world, this exhibition explores the history, culture, and intellectual life of Jewish communities from the Mediterranean rim to the Arabian Peninsula. 
Dates:  November 24, 2021 to March 13, 2022

Tickets:  15€ adults; includes permanent collections plus exhibition (12€ for permanent collection only); get tickets on museum 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)

Gaite Lyrique - 2021-2022

Happy Are the Cracked, Because They Will Let the Light Pass

A new digital experience and exhibition by Olivier Ratsi.

Dates:  May 19 - October 31, 2021
Admission:  10€ adults; 8€ ages 12-26; 6€ ages 3-11; buy tickets online


A new immersive audiovisual sculpture installed by Visual System.

Dates:  September 17, 2021 - June 3, 2022
Admission:  Free

Location: 3 bis Rue Papin, Paris 3;  Metro: Réaumur-Sébastopol

Army Museum (Musée de la Armée/Les Invalides) Exhibitions - 2021-2022

Two special exhibitions (included with regular admission) commemorate the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon:

Napoleon Is No More

An updated look at the death of Napoleon from the perspective of new knowledge in archeology, medicine, and chemistry.  Dates:  Now through October 31, 2021

Napoleon?  Encore!

Thirty contemporary artists created new works to celebrate (or question) this historic figure. See their creations!  Dates:  Now through February 13, 2022

Tickets:  14€ adults; includes permanent collections plus exhibition; buy online or enter free with a Paris Museum Pass
Location: 129 Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7;  Metro: Tour Maubourg, Varennes, Invalides

Espace Lafayette Drouot Exhibition - 2021

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:  Now through December 31, 2021  
Tickets: 14€ for adults (plus 6€ for The Walled Off Hotel) available here
Where:  44 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, Paris 9; closed on Mondays; Metro:  Le Peletier

Musée Rodin Exhibitions 2021-2022


In this landmark joint exhibition between the Rodin and Picasso Museums, each museum mounts a show featuring a comparative view of the two artists and their roles in inventing new forms of representation.  At the Rodin Museum, you'll see a close look at the crisis in representative art in the early 20th century, and how Rodin focused on expressionist approaches. 

Dates:  Now through January 2, 2022
Tickets:  Use a Paris Museum Pass for both museums, 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
Location: 77 Rue de Varenne, Paris 7;  Metro: Varenne

Musée Picasso Exhibitions  2021-2022


In this landmark joint exhibition with the Rodin Museum, Musée Picasso's show focuses on the artists' creative processes, especially leading up to Picasso's Cubist period. 

Dates:  Now through January 2, 2022
Tickets: Use a Paris Museum Pass for both museums, choose a Picasso Museum ticket only, or get a combined ticket for both museums; all ticket types also include permanent collections
Location: 5 Rue de Thorigny, Paris 3;  Metro: Saint-Paul or Filles du Calvaire

Luxembourg Museum Exhibitions  2021-2022

Vivian Maier

Using photographs from unpublished archives, this exhibit focuses on Vivian Maier's photographs depicting the urban fabric reflecting social and political chanages in mid-century American society. 

Dates:  September 15 to January 16, 2022
21€ for adults; free for ages 25 and under; get tickets here
Where:  19 Rue de Vaugirard (next to Luxembourg Garden), Paris 6; closed on Mondays; Metro:  Saint-Sulpice or Mabillon

Musée Jacquemart-André Exhibitions  2021-2022


With about 40 works by the Italian renaissance master plus several by his contemporaries on display, this show explores Botticelli's workshop strategy for creation and artistic training. 

Dates:  September 10, 2021 - January 24, 2022
Tickets:  15€ adults; includes permanent collections plus exhibition; museum website
Location: 158 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8;  Metro: Saint Philippe du Roule

Palais de Tokyo  2021-2022

Ubuntu, A Lucid Dream

This exhibition brings together contributions by 20 artists and artist-groups whose work exemplifies the Ubunto philosophy of "making humanity together" while attempting to approach it as a mediation with the real world. 

Dates:  November 26, 2021 - February 2, 2022
Tickets:  12€ adults; museum website
Location: 13 Avenue du President Wilson, Paris 16;  Metro: Iena

Memorial de la Shoah (Holocaust Museum) - 2021-2022

Homosexuals and Lesbians in Nazi Europe

Focuses on the little-known persecution of homosexuals by the Nazi regime in France and Germany.

Dates:  June 17, 2021 - February 22, 2022
Admission:  Free
Location: 17 Rue Geoffroy-l'Asnier, Paris 4;  Metro: Pont Marie

Exhibitions at Louis Vuitton Foundation (Fondation Louis Vuitton) - 2021-2022

The Morozov Collection: Icons of Modern Art

The Morozov brothers' superb collection will fill every gallery at LVF with French modern art (Picasso, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne) and Russian modern art (Malevich, Repin, Serof, Vrubel).

Dates:  September 22, 2021 - February 22, 2022
Tickets:  12€ adults; book in advance on website
Location: 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16;  Metro: Pont de Neuilly

Les Invalides

La Nuit aux Invalides:  The Flight of the Eagle

Immerse yourself into the world of Napoleon in this spectacular 360-degree immersive show that explores his life, military achievements, and reign as Emperor.  After the show, extend your evening with a special illuminated night walk into the Dome church where Napoleon's tomb is located.  Dates:  Returns Summer 2022

Nuit aux Invalides Tickets:  Book online on the event website
129 Rue de Grenelle (on the Esplanade des Invalides), Paris 7;  Metro:  Invalides, La Tour-Maubourg

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