Exhibitions off-site of the Grand Palais

The rich cultural programme of the Grand Palais is offered outside the building, when it is closed.

Napoleon - The exhibition

From 28 May 2021 to 19 December 2021 at the Grande Halle de la Villette

Affiche L'exposition Napoléon, Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris

Napoléon Bonaparte, world-famous historical figure and first emperor of the French, died in exile on the island of Saint Helena on 5 May 1821. In 2021, events are being organized throughout France to commemorate the Bicentenary of the death of the Emperor.

The exhibition Napoleon, curated by the Grand Palais and presented at the Grande Halle de la Villette, retraces the story of the remarkable man who shaped France and whose influence is still visible today in many spheres of life.

In this immersive exhibition, featuring 150 original items brought together for the first time, visitors can discover unique objects that belonged to Napoléon 1st, relive historical events evoked by spectacular re-enactments, and admire many of the works of art and decorative art created under the First French Empire.

Using digital techniques to enrich the scenography, the exhibition sheds light, over and above the exceptional figure of Bonaparte himself, on a crucial chapter in the history of France.

The Grand Palais, a major Parisian exhibition venue

Lights, Grand Palais, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

The Grand Palais is a monument symbolic of Paris. Built for the World Fair of 1900, it is a unique exhibition venue. The immense space of the Grand Palais’s nave can house exhibitions on a grand scale, while the national galleries, more classical in style, display the work of great artists in temporary exhibitions.

A unique venue, teamed with an outstanding programme, makes the Grand Palais one of the most popular exhibition venues in Paris

During the closure of the Grand Palais, which is due to reopen in 2024, the public is invited to discover part of the cultural and sporting programme (exhibitions, the Saut Hermès, etc.) in different venues: the Grand Palais Éphémère, the Grande Halle de la Villette, etc.