Exhibitions in Paris

Temporary exhibitions at museums and monuments offer moments of discovery and cultural enrichment

Exposition © Daniel Thierry

In Paris, temporary exhibitions that take place in July and August offer essential moments of discovery and cultural enrichment. The offering is varied with: contemporary design, more classic works and unusual installations and performances.

Exhibitions are an integral part of cultural life in Paris.  Whether they be held at major museums, such as the Pompidou Centre, the Petit Palais and the Musée National Picasso or more unusual places such as the roof of the Grande Arche, the Grande Halle de La Villette, the Grand Gallery of Evolution at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle or the Atelier des Lumières, exhibitions are always something to look forward to! The free exhibitions, outdoors at La Villette, on the railings of the Luxembourg Gardens or those of the City Hall, are also part of cultural life in the capital in summertime.

Around Beaubourg and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and also over towards Belleville, Parisian art galleries also show exhibitions that are popular with fans of contemporary, classic, primitive and exotic art, and painting, photography, sculpture, etc.

Here, you’ll find all the summer must-see exhibitions in Paris.

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Top 12 exhibitions in Paris


from 19 February 2019 to 25 August 2019
Musée national Picasso-Paris - 5 rue de Thorigny, Paris

An original exhibition about space and movement in the work of Pablo Picasso and sculptor Alexander Calder

Van Gogh, Starry Night

from 22 February 2019 to 31 December 2019
Atelier des Lumières - 38 rue Saint-Maur, Paris

An immersion into Van Gogh's greatest masterpieces!

Paris-London. Music Migrations (1962-1989)

from 12 March 2019 to 05 January 2020
Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration - Palais de la Porte Dorée - 293 avenue Daumesnil, Paris

A musical and visual exhibition on the link between immigration and music in the two capitals.

Tutankhamun, the Treasure of the Pharaoh

from 23 March 2019 to 22 September 2019
Grande Halle de La Villette - Parc de la Villette - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

Save the date! The fascinating collection from the museum of Cairo on show in Paris.

Ocean: Diving into the Unknown

from 03 April 2019 to 05 January 2020
Grande Galerie de l'Évolution - Muséum national d'histoire naturelle - 36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Paris

Discover the biodiversity of our oceans

Romantic Paris, 1815-1848

from 22 May 2019 to 15 September 2019
Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la ville de Paris - Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris

Parisian artistic and cultural turbulence in the Romantic era

Bernard Frize. Without Remorse

from 29 May 2019 to 26 August 2019
Centre Pompidou - Place Georges Pompidou, Paris

Abstract paintings by the famous French painter on display at the Centre Pompidou

Berthe Morisot: Female Impressionist

from 18 June 2019 to 22 September 2019
Musée d'Orsay - 1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris

The Musée d’Orsay is displaying the talent of an exceptional painter.

Legacy by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

from 28 June 2019 to 01 December 2019
Le Toit de la Grande Arche - 1 parvis de la Défense - En haut des marches de la Grande Arche, Puteaux

A retrospective of the works of Yann Arthus-Bertrand on the roof of the Grand Arche

Back Side/Dos à la mode

from 05 July 2019 to 17 November 2019
Musée Bourdelle - 18 rue Antoine Bourdelle, Paris

An exhibition that breaks the mould and shines a spotlight on the back


from 12 July 2019 to 10 November 2019
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain - 261 boulevard Raspail, Paris

The Fondation Cartier shines a spotlight on trees, vital but threatened characters in our landscape


from 08 May 2019 to 16 September 2019
Centre Pompidou - Place Georges Pompidou, Paris

The Pompidou Centre investigates how prehistory has influenced some great art masterpieces