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, 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. 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.
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.
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, in case you're wondering why it differs from what we list. Also, just as a reminder: although we do our best to keep prices and other information updated, they may change without our knowledge.
Top photo: Cezanne show at Atelier des Lumières
Louvre Museum Exhibitions - 2022
Yves Saint Laurent at the Louvre
Explores the couturier's fascination with light and gold in the decorative arts; part of a many-faceted exhibition spanning 6 Paris museums.
Dates: Extended through September 19, 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: Through July 25, 2022
Tickets: 17€ adults plus the Louvre's 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
Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay) Exhibitions 2022-2023
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: Now through 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: Through August 21, 2022
This major retrospective of French artist Rosa Bonheur on the bicentenary of her birth takes a close look at 200 of her paintings and other works, especially in her portraits of animals.
Dates: October 18, 2022 - February 15, 2023
Edvard Munch: "A Poem of Love, Life, & Death"
This major exhibition will present 100 paintings, drawings, and prints will explore the Norwegian artist's repeated use of symbols and motifs representing life, death, and rebirth.
Dates: September 20, 2022 - January 22, 2023
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
Location: 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7; Metro: Pont de l'Alma; Invalides
Atelier des Lumières Exhibitions 2022
Cezanne, the Lights of Provence, and Kadinsky, the Odyssey of Abstraction
Immersive digital show accompanied by original music explores the works of Cezanne and Kadinsky. Both shows are sure to be fantastic - don't miss them!
Dates: Through January 2, 2023; open daily
Tickets: 16€ adults, plus reduced rates for families, youth, seniors; purchase online on the L'Atelier website; 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
Centre Pompidou Exhibitions - 2022-2023
Germany/The 1920s/New Objectivity/August Sander
Multidisciplinary exhibition focused on the New Objectivity trend and other art (including work by photographer August Sander) in Germany in the late 1920s.
Dates: Now through September 5, 2022; Gallery 1 on Level 6
Shirley Jaffe, an American in Paris
A close look at the abstract works of this American artist, who died in 2016.
Dates: Through August 29, 2022; Gallery 4
This blockbuster exposition explores multidisciplinary artistic expression brings together paintings, sculpture, photography, design, cinema, and literature from the New Objectivity movement during Germany's Weimar Republic (1918-1933), with a focus on the works of August Sander.
Dates: May 11-September 5, 2022
An exhibition of the works of American painter Alice Neel.
Dates: October 12, 2022-January 16, 2023; Gallery 3
Pompidou Tickets: 15€ adults; book online (includes show plus permanent collections) or use your Paris Museum Pass for free entry; shows in several galleries require an additional ticket at no extra cost, 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 l'Orangerie - 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: Through July 11, 2022
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 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
An immersive and playful exhibition of monumental inflatable art by over 15 international artists. Should be a unique experience!
Dates: Through August 21, 2022
Tickets: Depends on when you go and other factors - get the information here
Location: 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 19th arrondissement; Metro: Porte de Pantin or Porte de La Villette
Musée du Quai Branly - 2022
Dinh Q. Lê: Photographing the Thread of Memory
Lê weaves together photographs to reconstitute the complexity of history through the eyes of those who have lived it in these works representing Vietnam, the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia, and the recent tragedies of migrants crossing the Mediterranean.
Dates: Through November 20, 2022
On the Road to Chiefdoms of Cameroon
This exhibition focuses on the architecture, ironworks, bead creations, sculptures, textiles, and dances of Cameroonian Bamileke communities living on the plateaus in the western part of the country. Exhibition ticket: 10€; Exhibition + general admission 20€
Dates: Through July 17, 2022
Clubs in Oceania: Power & Prestige
An examination of the sculptural and symbolic nature of clubs used in Oceania. €
Dates: Through September 25, 2022
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
Musée de l'Homme (Anthropology Museum) - 2022-23
Lekha Singh: Women Carry the World
This provocative photography exhibition by Lekha Singh reveals the spectacular burdens that fall on women's shoulders.
Dates: June 29, 2022 - January 2, 2023
A comprehensive look at the evolution of sneakers since their first appearances in the early 20th century, the materials they're made of, and their meanings, from subversive to high fashion, in our contemporary society. You'll see fascinating old shoes and awesome new models on display.
Dates: Through July 25, 2022
Tickets: 12€ 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
Natural History Museum (@ Jardin des Plantes) - 2022
A Sensory Odyssey
This is both a panoramic exhibition of the living world as well as a unique immersive sensory experience where you will also smell and hear the oceans, deserts, deep forests, and sunny plains from all over the world.
Dates: Through July 4, 2022
Tickets: 13€ adults (3€ discount with a full-price ticket purchased within 90 days from Jardin des Plantes, Musée de l'Homme, or Paris Zoological Park; includes temporary exhibit plus a visit to the Grand Galerie de l'Evolution). Online booking not working at the moment - so get your ticket at the door.
Location: 57 Rue Cuvier, Paris 5; Metro/RER: Jussieu
More Shows at Specialty Museums, Galleries, and Exhibition Halls
Musée Rodin Exhibitions 2022
No special exhibitions at the moment - but don't miss Rodin's fantastic masterpices on view, such as The Kiss and The Thinker, especially now as the garden bursts into bloom.
Tickets: 14€; 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
Exhibitions at Louis Vuitton Foundation (Fondation Louis Vuitton)
Centenary exhibition of over 130 works (some on public display for the first time) of this important late-20th century modernist.
Dates: May 18 - August 29, 2022
Tickets: 14€ adults; book in advance (includes access through a special entrance, permanent and temporary exhibitions, optional shuttle pick up/drop off across from Arc de Triomphe for an extra 2€ (or you can take the metro to Les Sablons station, and walk about half a mile along a well-marked path to the Fondation), and free entrance from the Foundation to its neighbor, Jardin d'Acclimatation
Location: 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16; Metro: Pont de Neuilly
Hotel de la Marine 2022
Masterpieces from the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon
Dates: June 10 - October 2, 2022
Tour Options at Hotel de la Marine
This newly reopened and 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, plus an audioguide; and 2) a 1.5 hour "grand" tour which includes additional rooms and an exhibition of art from the Al Thani collection, which includes art from numerous cultures and spans 6,000+ years.
Tickets: 45-minute tour: 13€, or 1.5 hour tour including Al Thani collection: 17€ - book your tickets
Location: 2 Place de la Concorde, Paris 8; Metro: Concorde
Musée Picasso Exhibitions 2022
Orlan "Weeping Women are Angry"
Exhibition of two photographic series by French artist Orlan raising questions about the status of women's bodies amid political, religious, social, and traditional pressures, juxtaposed on art by Picasso from the late 1930s.
Dates: May 17-September 4, 2022
Maya Ruiz-Picasso, Daughter of Pablo
A dual exhibition presenting the masterpieces of Maya Ruiz-Picasso, Pablo's oldest daughter, and her relationship with her father (who was married to his first wife when he met Maya's 17-year old mom. Specifically, the exhibition explores how Maya’s presence nourished and amplified the artist’s fascination with childhood.
Dates: April 16-December 31, 2022
See Picasso in front of cameras in art films, film and sound archives, reports, and documentaries in all kinds of settings: with his family, creating art in his studio, frolicking on the Mediterranean coast, and relaxing with films. Especially cool: all these images are juxtoposed with his art from the museum's collection.
Dates: Now through February 12, 2023
Tickets: 14€. 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
Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris Exhibitions 2022
Eugene Leroy: Paintings
Major retrospective with about 150 paintings and graphics by this 20th century artist.
Dates: Through August 28, 2022
About 150 works by this artist who was a founder of the Czech Surrealist movement and a member of the Czech avant-garde.
Dates: Through July 24, 2022
Tickets: Free admission to the galleries showing pieces from the museum's permanent collection. Tickets required for most temporary exhibitions; book online
Location: 11 Avenue du President Wilson, Paris 16; Metro: Iéna
Luxembourg Museum Exhibitions 2022
Pioneers & Artist in the Paris of the Roaring Twenties
Using photographs, paintings, sculptures, films, textiles, and literary works, this exhibit highlights the essential role of women in the important artistic movements of the modern era.
Dates: Now through July 10, 2022
Mirror of the World
An exhibition of 100 (or so) dazzling artworks and objects (including books and instruments) collected between the 16th and 18th centuries by the Prince-electors of Saxony.
Dates: September 14, 2022-January 15, 2023
Tickets: Free access with a Paris Museum Pass; otherwise, tickets are 14.5€ for adults; 10.5€ for ages 16-25; get tickets here
Where: 19 Rue de Vaugirard (next to Luxembourg Garden), Paris 6; closed on Mondays; Metro: Saint-Sulpice or Odeon
Musée Jacquemart-André Exhibitions 2022
With about 70 works by the Finnish painter Gallen-Kallela, this show explores his fascination with Finnish lakes and forests as he shifted from naturalism to symbolism in the late 1890s.
Dates: Now through July 25, 2022
Tickets: 15€ adults; includes permanent collections plus exhibition; museum website
Location: 158 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8; Metro: Saint Philippe du Roule
Maison Européenne de la Photographie - 2022 Exhibitions - 2022
Love Songs: Photography and Intimacy
Highlights the work of multiple photographers.
Dates: Now through August 21, 2022
Lovesody: Motoyuki Daifu
A lyrical rhapsody to a short but intense love affair.
Dates: Now through August 21, 2022
Another Love Story: Karla Hiraldo Voleau
First solo exhibition in France of the work of this Franco-Dominican photographer.
Dates: June 17 - August 21, 2022
Major retrospective devoted to Ukrainian artist Boris Mikhailov.
Dates: September 9, 2022 - January 23, 2023
Tickets: 10€ adults - sometimes a short line, but usually moves fast; you can also book online for an extra euro; museum website
Location: 5 Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4; Metro: Saint Paul
Decorative Arts Museum (Musée des Arts Decoratifs) Exhibitions - 2022
An Encounter with the Little Prince
The first major French museum exhibition dedicated to the literary masterpiece, "Le Petit Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Dates: Through June 26, 2022
Shocking! The Surrealistic Worlds of Elsa Schiaparelli
A celebration of the innovative, often eccentric creations of the Italian fashion designer, who drew much of her inspiration from the Parisian avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s.
Dates: July 6, 2022-January 22, 2023
Tickets: 14€ adults - be sure to book a special exhibition ticket, which includes permanent collections plus exhibitions; buy online - please note that the Paris Museum Pass includes permanent exhibits only
Location: 6 Place d'Iéna, Paris 16; Metro: Iéna
Guimet Museum (National Museum of Asian Art) Exhibitions - 2022
The Bow & The Sabre: Japanese Warrior Imagination
About 70 Indian miniatures and sculptures in wood and bronze from the 10th to the 19th centuries related to yoga.
Dates: Through May 2, 2022
Carte Blanche to Chihuru Shiota
This exhibition by the acclaimed contemporary Japanese artist focuses on new works examining domestic space and family "cocoons" in the time of Covid.
Dates: Through June 6, 2022
Touch the Fire: Women Ceramicists in Japan
Exhibition of creations by female Japanese ceramicists' work in stoneware and porcelein from post-World War II to the present, including 12 recent acquisitions.
Dates: June 1 - October 3, 2022
Le Petit Palais - 2022-2023
Albert Edelfelt: LIghts of Finland
Evocative paintings combining impressionism and realism by this important late-19th century Finnish artist.
Dates: Through August 29, 2022
Boldini: Pleasures & Days
First retrospective of painter/socialite Giovanni Boldini, whose paintings reflect Parisian upper classes during the Belle Époque era in the late 1900s.
Dates: Through July 24, 2022
First major retrospective of this late 19th century/early 20th century English painter whose provocative, sometimes unsettling depictions influenced later artists such as Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.
Dates: October 14, 2022 - January 29, 2023
Tickets: Not yet available
Admission: Free for permanent collection (which is wonderful) but tickets (cost varies) usually required for special exhibits; buy online to reserve a time slot
Location: Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8; Metro: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau
Jardin des Plantes Exhibition - 2022
No special exhibitions right now, but the greenhouses are open as usual.
Tickets: 7€ adults; buy online or at the greenhouse entrance (admission to the Botanical Garden is 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)
Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe) Exhibitions - 2022
Algeria Mon Amour
Two exhibitions highlighting the modern and contemporary art and history of Algeria.
Dates: Through July 31, 2022
Benanteur, le Chant de la Terre
Song of the Earth showcases the work of renowned Algerian painter Abdallah Benanteur, an early pioneer of Algerian modernism best known for his abstract landscapes.
Dates: September 13, 2022 - January 8, 2023
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; free admission to the special exhibition, Algeria Mon Amour, on March 18 in celebration of Algeria's Independence Day on March 18, 1962, marking the end of a 7-year war with France.
Location: 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris 5; Metro: Cardinal Lemoine or Sulland-Morland (walk across bridge)
Pinault Collection- 2022
The artist exhibits objects that he disassociates from their functionality and examines them as symbols which he then uses to explore the nature of work and question preconceived ideas.
Dates: Through September 30, 2022
Video installation by Canadian artist Stan Douglas in the Studio exhibition space.
Dates: Through June 13
Felix Gonzalez-Torres & Roni Horn
In this installation, these two major contemporary artists explore the power and radicalness of their artistic affinities.
Dates: Through September 26, 2022
Location: Bourse de Commerce, 2 Rue de Viarmes, Paris 1; Metro: Rue de Rivoli or Les Halles
Tickets: 14€; includes all exhibitions; reserve online
La Fab - 2022
Claire Nicolet & Valentin Ranger
Recent works by two artists with points of convergence despite different perspectives.
Dates: Through July 24, 2022
La Galerie du Jour
Constantly changing exhibition of contemporary art including originals, multiples, and editions from the personal collection of French fashion designer agnès b (Agnès Troublé), plus pieces by contemporary creators, vintage furniture, and art from all periods. Some pieces are for sale, at prices to suit every budget.
Location: Place Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paris 13; Metro: Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
Tickets: 7€ adults; 4€ students 13-26, 65+; free for under 13 years old
More Information: La Fab website
Musée Eugène Delacroix - 2022
Delacroix & Nature
Inside his last apartment and studio at this small but charming museum, this exhibition will show you the painter's ties to nature.
Dates: Through June 27, 2022
Tickets: 7€ adults; includes permanent collection plus exhibitions; free entrance with a Paris Museum Pass
Location: 6 Rue de Furstemberg, Paris 6; Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Pres or Mabillon
Gaite Lyrique - 2022
Shiny Gold: Nelly Ben Hayoun
Solo piece and immersive experiences.
Dates: Now through June 11, 2022
Aurae: Sabrina Ratté
This immersive experience/exhibition by Sabrina Ratté uses video projections, animations, photogrammetry, sculptures, and spatial devices to reinvent physical landscapes and dream architectures located between the physical and virtual worlds.
Dates: Through July 10, 2022
Admission: 10€/8€ for 12-26 years and over 60s; €6 for 3-11 years
Location: 3 bis Rue Papin, Paris 3; Metro: Réaumur-Sébastopol
Army Museum (Musée de la Armée/Les Invalides) Exhibitions - 2022-2023
Photography at War
The relationship between photography and the battlefield from the mid-19th century to the present.
Dates: Through July 24, 2022
History of the Musée de l'Armée's Collections
This exhibition looks back at 100 years of acquisitions.
Dates: May 14 - September 18, 2022
This exhibition will be dedicated to the French Special Forces from World War II to the present day.
Dates: September 18, 2022 - January 15, 2023
Tickets: 14€ adults; includes permanent collections plus most exhibitions; buy priority entrance ticket with audioguide 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 - 2022
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, 2022
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
The Grande Arche at La Defense
La Toit de la Grande Arche is an expansive new exhibition space at the top (toit = roof) of the massive arch dedicated to modern and contemporary photography.
Matthieu Ricard: Hymn to Beauty
More than 150 works showing the beauty of the world around us by Buddhist monk/altruist/French photographer extraordinaire, Matthieu Ricard.
Dates: April 13 - November 30, 2022
Admission: 15€, which includes access to the Grande Arche's rooftop terrace
Location: Grande Arche, La Defense Esplanade; Metro: La Defense
Memorial de la Shoah (Holocaust Museum)
"Tomorrow We Are Leaving"
Letters from French-Jewish internees who were deported by the French Vichy government from Vel d'Hiv to Auschwitz
Dates: Through November 27, 2022
Location: 17 Rue Geoffroy-l'Asnier, Paris 4; Metro: Pont Marie
Palais de Tokyo
Reclaim the Earth
Group exhibition of 14 artists examines links between body and soul.
Dates: Through September 4, 2022
Tickets: 12€ adults; museum website
Location: 13 Avenue du President Wilson, Paris 16; Metro: Iena
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: July 16 - Septembeer 1, 2022
Nuit aux Invalides Tickets: Book online on the event website
Entrance: 129 Rue de Grenelle (on the Esplanade des Invalides), Paris 7; Metro: Invalides, La Tour-Maubourg
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