Exhibitions in Paris in May 2025
A Must-Experience Artistic Journey Through the Exhibitions of the City of Light

Paris, nicknamed the City of Light, is globally recognized for its cultural and artistic vibrancy. In May, the city comes alive in a burst of colors and creativity with its numerous exhibitions. Let's explore the richness and diversity of exhibitions available in Paris during this spring month, offering visitors and locals an unforgettable experience.

Exhibitions not to be missed in Paris in May

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AURA INVALIDES: An immersive experience at the heart of the Invalides Dome in Paris!

Join us for a unique multimedia experience in the legendary Invalides Dome. AURA INVALIDES combines orchestral music, video mapping, and light games to enhance the architecture of this iconic monument. Discover this immersive show in the evening and let yourself be transported through an extraordinary adventure, rediscovering the exceptional heritage of the Invalides Dome.

Exhibition "Space Mission" at the City of Science and Industry

Explore the universe with the Space Mission exhibition at the City of Science. Experience an immersive adventure in space, discover space technologies, and learn about lunar missions. Perfect for all ages!

Loading, Urban Art in the Digital Age

The exhibition "Loading. Urban Art in the Digital Age" at the Immersive Grand Palais in Paris, from December 6, 2023, to July 21, 2024, offers a digital immersion into urban art. It traces its evolution from graffiti on New York subways to digital technologies, including NFTs and interactive projections.

Expo Crescendo at the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

The "Crescendo" exhibition at the Basilica of Saint-Denis, from September 6, 2023, to September 29, 2024, showcases a monumental work by Stephen Dean. This unique installation integrates dichroic stained glass windows on a 15-meter scale, offering a captivating visual experience.

Egypt of the Pharaohs from February 9, 2024, to January 5, 2025

Egypt of the Pharaohs" at the Workshop of Lights in Paris is an immersive experience into ancient Egypt. With multimedia projections, the exhibition showcases pharaohs, pyramids, temples, and daily lives, enhanced by musical supervision. Open until January 5, 2025.

Exhibition 'The Orientalists' at the Workshop of Lights in Paris from February 9, 2024, to January 5, 2025

The exhibition "The Orientalists" at the Workshop of Lights, Paris, delves into 19th-century Orientalism. With works by Delacroix, Ingres, and others, it offers an immersive experience of the imagined Orient, blending art, culture, and technology.

The Birth of Department Stores: Fashion, Design, Toys, Advertising, 1852-1925 at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris from April 10 to October 13, 2024

The exhibition "The Birth of Department Stores" at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris from April 10 to October 13, 2024, explores the evolution of Parisian department stores from 1852 to 1925, with a focus on fashion, design, toys, and advertising.

MEXICA - Gifts and Gods at the Templo Mayor

Explore the mysteries of the Mexica civilization through the exhibition "Mexica: Gifts and Gods at the Templo Mayor" at the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. Immerse yourself in the unique world of Aztec art, religion, and politics before the Spanish conquest, featuring artifacts never before exhibited in Europe. A window into a rich and complex pre-Columbian world.

Quai Branly Museum - MYRIAM MIHINDOU Exhibition

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Punu mourners with the immersive exhibition "Ilimb, the Essence of Tears" by Myriam Mihindou. Explore the richness of African culture through unique sensory installations, celebrating ancestral tradition and the cathartic power of tears and songs. An unforgettable artistic experience not to be missed.

City of Architecture and Heritage - Once Upon a Time the Stadiums

The exhibition "Once Upon a Time the Stadiums" is held from March 20th to September 16th, 2024 at the City of Architecture and Heritage, exploring the evolution of stadiums from antiquity to the present day. Through history, architecture, and sociocultural impacts, it invites reflection on their emblematic role in sports.

City of Architecture and Heritage - Mini Maousse 9

The Mini Maousse 9 exhibition at the City of Architecture and Heritage explores active design to encourage an active lifestyle through architecture. Presenting 50 global projects and a mobile Micro Fan Zone for sensitive neighborhoods, it aims to integrate sports into urban public spaces.
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James Cameron at the Cinémathèque

The exhibition "The Art of James Cameron" at the Cinémathèque of Paris, from April 4, 2024, to January 5, 2025, highlights the creative evolution of the director, from his early sketches to his groundbreaking films. Explore drawings, props, and multimedia experiences reflecting his innovations and artistic vision.

Jean Hélion Exhibition at the MAM of Paris

The Museum of Modern Art of Paris presents "Jean Hélion, The Prose of the World" from March 22 to August 18, 2024, a retrospective of the painter Jean Hélion (1904-1987). The chronological exhibition brings together more than 150 works, highlighting his transition from abstraction to narrative figuration, thus influencing the Narrative Figuration of the 1960s.

Pompidou Center - Comic Exhibition 1964 - 2024

Discover a captivating immersion into the history of comic art at the Pompidou Center. From the Franco-Belgian clear line style to Japanese manga, explore diverse universes and contemporary styles. Immerse yourself in exhibitions, animations, and unique events, celebrating the 9th art in all its facets.

Olympism - A Modern Invention, an Ancient Heritage

Explore the history of the early Olympic Games and delve into the political context of their creation. Discover the first Olympic cup and the iconographic sources of this global event. A unique immersion into the alliance of sport and culture.

The Tutankhamun Experience

Discover the Tutankhamun Experience at Galeries Montparnasse, Paris. Take part in a unique immersive adventure by helping Howard Carter find Tutankhamun's tomb through captivating puzzles. A fun and educational experience for the whole family, with over 1000 artifacts exhibited across 3,000 m².

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Exhibition "It's a Song That Resembles Us, Global Successes of Francophone Popular Music"

Dive into the universe of French-language song through the decades and around the world at the first temporary exhibition of the International City of the French Language. Discover the legends and emotions of this universal art form, with an unforgettable audiovisual immersion. Tickets available now!

Olympism, a History of the World

Discover "Olympism, a History of the World" at the Palais de la Porte Dorée from April 26 to September 8, 2024. A captivating exhibition traces 130 years of Olympic history through crises, achievements, and social struggles. Reservation recommended, free admission for those under 26.


The Fountain of the Innocents, Stories of a Parisian Masterpiece

Discover the captivating exhibition of the Fountain of the Innocents at the Carnavalet Museum. Immerse yourself in the tumultuous history of this Parisian masterpiece during its restoration by the City of Paris. Admire the works of Jean Goujon and explore the urban transformations that have marked this iconic monument. Book online now for an enriching experience.


Pinault Collection Exhibition "The World As It Goes"

Discover "The World As It Goes", an exclusive exhibition from the Pinault Collection at the Bourse de Commerce. Immerse yourself in the work of renowned contemporary artists, exploring the paradoxes and hopes of our time. A profound reflection on humanity, its weaknesses and strengths, captured through powerful and visionary works.

Yves Saint Laurent: Transparencies, The Power of Materials

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris presents "Transparencies: The Power of Materials" from February 9 to August 25, 2024. Explore the creative audacity of Yves Saint Laurent through iconic and previously unseen pieces, revealing the complexity and poetry of transparency in fashion. Book now.


Exhibition Grand Restored Decors of Notre-Dame - Guided Tour

Discover the restored splendors of Notre-Dame on a guided tour at the Gobelins Gallery. From April 24th to July 21st, 2024, explore the restored masterpieces, including the "mays" and other treasures, expertly presented by renowned curators. Immerse yourself in the history and exceptional craftsmanship of these iconic pieces.

Temporary Exhibition "Duels. The Art of Combat"

Discover the exhibition "Duels. The Art of Combat" at the Army Museum, exploring the history and evolution of dueling throughout the centuries. From great mythological figures to modern duelists, delve into this socially valued practice, presented from April 24 to August 18, 2024. Book now for an immersive experience.
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Paolo Roversi at Palais Galliera

The Paolo Roversi exhibition at Palais Galliera, from March 16 to July 14, 2024, offers an immersion into 50 years of photographic career, revealing his unique contribution to the art of fashion. This first Parisian monograph brings together 140 works, including unpublished pieces, highlighting his distinctive style and influential collaborations.

1. The Essence of Parisian Exhibitions in May

May in Paris signifies renewal, and this is reflected in the exhibitions on offer. The city's art galleries and museums strive to showcase works that capture the spirit of spring, with diverse themes ranging from contemporary art to history, photography, and multimedia installations.

2. Why Paris in May?

This month is particularly conducive to artistic discovery. The longer days and mild weather invite leisurely strolls between different exhibition sites. Moreover, May is often the chosen time for many galleries to launch new exhibitions, taking advantage of the dynamic and inspiring atmosphere of the season.

3. A Diversity of Exhibitions for Everyone

Whether you're a modern art enthusiast, a history buff, or an explorer of avant-garde trends, Paris in May has something to offer. Exhibitions span from timeless classics to bold contemporary works, including interactive and educational exhibits suitable for all ages.

4. The Artistic Quarters of Paris

Every quarter of Paris offers a unique experience. The Marais, with its modern art galleries, Montmartre with its rich artistic history, or the Latin Quarter, famous for its bookstores and literary cafes, are all places to explore for art lovers.

5. The Cultural Impact of Exhibitions

Exhibitions in Paris are not just artistic events; they are also windows into cultures, eras, and ideas. They provide a unique perspective on the world and stimulate reflection and dialogue.

6. Tips for Enjoying the Exhibitions

To make the most of exhibitions in May, it's advisable to plan ahead. Check opening hours, book your tickets online to avoid queues, and don't hesitate to join guided tours for a more enriching experience.

7. Exhibitions and Parisian Nightlife

Exhibitions in Paris don't stop when night falls. Many galleries and museums organize evening events, offering a different and often more intimate atmosphere to appreciate art.

8. Art Accessible to All

Paris in May is committed to making art accessible. Many exhibitions are free or offer reduced rates for students, seniors, and groups.

9. Art Beyond Gallery Walls

Art in Paris extends beyond galleries and museums. Outdoor installations, street performances, and temporary exhibits in unconventional locations contribute to the artistic atmosphere of the city.

May in Paris is an exceptional time to discover a multitude of exhibitions. It's an invitation to explore, feel, and immerse oneself in art in all its forms. A trip to Paris in May promises an unforgettable cultural and artistic adventure.


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