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
Body & Soul: Italian Renaissance Sculpture from Donatello to Michelangelo
Explores how Italian sculptors of the early 16th century focused on interpreting humans' inner state and outward appearance.
Dates: Now through June 21, 2021
Tickets: 17€ adults plus 3€ booking fee; includes special exhibits and permanent collections; book in advance with reserved time slot; can also book in advance for free admission to permanent collection with a Paris Museum Pass
Location: Metro: Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre
Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay) Exhibitions 2021
The Origins of the World: The Invention of Nature in the 19th Century
An exploration of the intersection of arts and science, in partnership with Paris's Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle. Dates: Now through July 18, 2021; Tickets: Time slot required to see this exhibition: book here
Swiss Modernities (1890-1914)
A close look at the art of Giovanni Giacometti, Max Buri, and other Swiss artists as they explored the expressive, symbolic and decorative power of line and color during the years leading up to World War I. Dates: Now through July 25, 2021
Cinema at Last!
Arts, images, and entertainment in France from 1833 to 1907. Dates: September 28, 2021 - January 16, 2022
Signac, the Collector
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
Musée d'Orsay Tickets: 16€ adults; temporary exhibitions included with general admission although may require a reserved time slot Book on the museum website for reserved time slot or through Get Your Guide for skip-the-line access
Location: Metro: Pont de l'Alma; Invalides
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.
Centre Pompidou Exhibitions 2021
Women in Abstraction
This exhibition, with over 500 works by 106 women artists, many of whom have been unknown outside of their own countries, explores their contributions to Abstract art between the 1860s and 1980s.
Grande Halle de La Villette
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
More Shows at Smaller & Specialty Museums, Galleries, and Exhibition Halls
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: Now through December 31, 2021
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: 26€ adults; book in advance on website
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 museums; all ticket types also include permanent collections
Location: 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
Musée Jacquemart-André Exhibitions 2021-2022
Signac & Color Harmonies
See almost 50 of Signac's landscape paintings and watercolors, plus 20+ works by other neo-Impressionists such as Seurat, Pissarro, and Lacombe. Dates: Now through July 19, 2021
With about 40 works by the Italian renaissance master plus several by his contemporaries on display, explore 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
Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe) Exhibitions - 2021
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! Dates: Now through September 26
Tickets: 15€ adults; includes permanent collections plus exhibition (12€ for permanent collection only); museum website; free access with a Paris Museum Pass to permanent collection only
Army Museum (Musée de la Armée) Expositions - 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
Thirty contemporary artists created new works to celebrate (or question) this historic figure. See their creations! Dates: Now through February 13, 2022
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