The best exhibitions in Paris, in Ile-de-France and online this February 2021

Published by Cécile D. · Photos by Elodie D. · Published on 28 January 2021 at 16h52 · Updated on 18 May 2021 at 13h55
So, what are the new exhibitions awaiting us in Paris this February 2021? While waiting for museums to reopen, enjoy some cultural venues in the area along with digital exhibitions.

Museums and exhibitions are great outing ideas in Paris. Open or closed, in lockdown or free to move, we have thought about everything. This guide will give you exhibitions for any situation and occasion.

In February 2021, many exhibitions sign their last days, while some others are just getting started. We offer you to discover the major exhibitions in January and give you a look at the ones expecting you these coming weeks…

Careful, this guide is being updated depending on the arrival of news and health guidelines!

February 2021’s major events:

Exposition Dali à l’Atelier des Lumières Exposition Dali à l’Atelier des Lumières Exposition Dali à l’Atelier des Lumières Exposition Dali à l’Atelier des Lumières Dali, l’énigme sans fin: our pictures of the exhibition at the Atelier des Lumières - New dates
You know his works, but do you really know what hides behind? Come and discover the secrets of one of the greatest painters of his generation at the Atelier des Lumières. “Dali, l’énigme sans fin” – Dali, the endless enigma – is on from May 19, 2021 to January 2, 2022. [Read more]

Picasso-Rodin, la double exposition événement au Musée national Picasso Picasso-Rodin, la double exposition événement au Musée national Picasso Picasso-Rodin, la double exposition événement au Musée national Picasso Picasso-Rodin, la double exposition événement au Musée national Picasso Picasso-Rodin, double exhibition at Paris Musée National Picasso and Musée Rodin
Paris Musée National Picasso and Musée Rodin team up and offer an exceptional double-exhibition about Picasso and Rodin. From May 19, 2021 to January 2, 2022, discover two exhibitions on the bonds between the two artists in their own Parisian museums. A great first you do not want to miss! [Read more]

Magritte en plein soleil : sa période Renoir au Musée de l'OrangerieMagritte en plein soleil : sa période Renoir au Musée de l'OrangerieMagritte en plein soleil : sa période Renoir au Musée de l'OrangerieMagritte en plein soleil : sa période Renoir au Musée de l'Orangerie Magritte in Full Sunlight. The “Renoir” Period at Paris Musée de l’Orangerie - New dates
An exhibition about Magritte’s Renoir Period is coming to the Musée de l’Orangerie. This period – from 1941 to 1947 – is described as a cycle during which the painter wished to see the bright side of life and was inspired by impressionists. As an outcome, over a hundred works. Running from May 19 to July 19, 2021. [Read more]

Divas, l'exposition événement à l'Institut du Monde ArabeDivas, l'exposition événement à l'Institut du Monde ArabeDivas, l'exposition événement à l'Institut du Monde ArabeDivas, l'exposition événement à l'Institut du Monde Arabe Divas from Oum Kalthoum to Dalida, the compelling exhibition at the Arab World Institute - New dates
The Arab World Institute takes out glitters and rhinestones to welcome “Divas from Oum Kalthoum to Dalida”. Running from May 19 to July 25, 2021, the compelling exhibition displays the greatest female Arab artists in the 20th century. [Read more]

La collection Morozov à la Fondation Louis VuittonLa collection Morozov à la Fondation Louis VuittonLa collection Morozov à la Fondation Louis VuittonLa collection Morozov à la Fondation Louis Vuitton The Collection Morozov at Paris Fondation Louis Vuitton - Postponed again
From September 22, 2021 to February 22, 2022, the Fondation Louis Vuitton invites you to discover a super exhibition focusing on the collection Morozov. An exhibition focusing on French and Russian works of art gathered in the early 20th century by two Moscow patrons and collections, Mikhaïl and Ivan Morozov. [Read more]

Photos : Exposition Gabrielle Chanel au Palais GallieraPhotos : Exposition Gabrielle Chanel au Palais GallieraPhotos : Exposition Gabrielle Chanel au Palais GallieraPhotos : Exposition Gabrielle Chanel au Palais Galliera Gabrielle Chanel exhibition at the Palais Galliera, last days
Paris Palais Galliera presents its first retrospective devoted to Gabrielle Chanel for its reopening on October 1, 2020. The “Gabrielle Chanel, manifeste de mode” exhibition pays tribute to the iconic designer from May 19, to July 18, 2021. [Read more]

Photos Exposition Pierres Précieuses, du minéraux aux bijoux avec le Joaillier Van Cleef & Arpel vuePhotos Exposition Pierres Précieuses, du minéraux aux bijoux avec le Joaillier Van Cleef & Arpel vuePhotos Exposition Pierres Précieuses, du minéraux aux bijoux avec le Joaillier Van Cleef & Arpel vuePhotos Exposition Pierres Précieuses, du minéraux aux bijoux avec le Joaillier Van Cleef & Arpel vue Summer late-night openings of the Pierres Précieuses exhibition with Van Cleef & Arpels at Paris National Museum
Paris National Museum of Natural History unveils the “Pierres Précieuses, des minéraux aux bijoux” (Gemstones, from minerals to jewels) exhibition co-curated with jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels. From the reopening of the museum, on May 19, 2021, to August 22, 2021, come and admire jewels made by Earth and carved by Men. Enjoy four exceptional late-night opening tours in July. [Read more]

Visuel Paris Musée du Quai BranlyVisuel Paris Musée du Quai BranlyVisuel Paris Musée du Quai BranlyVisuel Paris Musée du Quai Branly Kanak journals, the exhibition at Paris Musée du Quai Branly
Paris Musée du Quai Branly devotes an exhibition to the inventory heritage of Kanak art across the world with Kanak Journals. The exhibition runs from May 19 to 30, 2021. [Read more]

Digital exhibitions to see in February 2021:

Visuel Paris Musée du LouvreVisuel Paris Musée du LouvreVisuel Paris Musée du LouvreVisuel Paris Musée du Louvre Lockdown: museums' digital collections to enjoy
France is moving to a new lockdown, and we must say that we will sure miss visiting museums! Sortiraparis gives you a selection of digital tours and other digital collections from Paris museums to nicely enjoy from home while waiting for their reopening. [Read more]

Matisse, comme un roman : nos photos de l'exposition du Centre PompidouMatisse, comme un roman : nos photos de l'exposition du Centre PompidouMatisse, comme un roman : nos photos de l'exposition du Centre PompidouMatisse, comme un roman : nos photos de l'exposition du Centre Pompidou The Matisse exhibition by Centre Pompidou to visit online
Centre Pompidou pays tribute to Henri Matisse with an exceptional and original exhibition focusing on the relationship between the painter and literature. To be discovered from October 21, 2020 to February 22, 2021. And to make us wait during lockdown, the museum shared a digital 13-minute tour around 10 works of art. [Read more]

Visuel Paris Musée du LouvreVisuel Paris Musée du LouvreVisuel Paris Musée du LouvreVisuel Paris Musée du Louvre The Advent of the Artist, the Louvre’s exhibition – Reopening
The Louvre is dedicating an exhibition to the Advent of the Artist in the Petite Galerie. Halted by the coronavirus epidemic, it will resume from July 5, 2021. Adapted to all, this display will get you accustomed to all “features” used by artists over time. [Read more]

Exposition Vasarely Centre Pompidou, nos photosExposition Vasarely Centre Pompidou, nos photosExposition Vasarely Centre Pompidou, nos photosExposition Vasarely Centre Pompidou, nos photos Vasarely, Paris Centre Pompidou exhibition available on line for free
Back in 2019, Paris Centre Pompidou dedicated an exhibition to Vasarely. This exhibit was the first French retrospective dedicated to the father of optical art in over 50 years! Did you miss it? Head to the museum's website for a 20-minute guided tour with the exhibition co-curator Michel Gauthier. [Read more]

Noir et Blanc : une esthétique de la photographie, l'exposition au Grand PalaisNoir et Blanc : une esthétique de la photographie, l'exposition au Grand PalaisNoir et Blanc : une esthétique de la photographie, l'exposition au Grand PalaisNoir et Blanc : une esthétique de la photographie, l'exposition au Grand Palais Noir et Blanc, the Grand Palais 100% digital photo exhibition
The Grand Palais teams up with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France to display “Noir et Blanc: une esthétique de la photographie” [Black and White: a photography aesthetic], an exhibition that was to discover at the Grand Palais. Unfortunately, the exhibition will not open to the public, but awaits on the Grand Palais website. Conference-tours are available online from February 18, to June 18, 2021. [Read more]

Exposition Anticorps au Palais de TokyoExposition Anticorps au Palais de TokyoExposition Anticorps au Palais de TokyoExposition Anticorps au Palais de Tokyo Anticorps, the new exhibition at Paris Palais de Tokyo - digital tour
The Palais de Tokyo draws inspiration from the current health crisis to offer a new exhibition from October 23, 2020 to January 3, 2021 to visitors, Anticorps (French for Antibodies). A retrospective inviting you to dive into the heart of your body, in every artistical sense of the word and to enjoy online! [Read more]

L'Age d'or de la peinture danoise, l'exposition au Petit Palais : nos photosL'Age d'or de la peinture danoise, l'exposition au Petit Palais : nos photosL'Age d'or de la peinture danoise, l'exposition au Petit Palais : nos photosL'Age d'or de la peinture danoise, l'exposition au Petit Palais : nos photos The golden age of the Danish painting, digital guided tour in the Petit Palais
From September 22, 2020 to January 3, 2021, the Petit Palais offers you to rediscover the Danish painting with the “The Golden Age of the Danish Painting” exhibition. Come and meet major Danish artists and their daily lives in the 19th century. While waiting for the exhibition to reopen, enjoy the digital guided tour. [Read more]

When museums reopen

Retrospective to see in February 2021 in Paris:

Magritte en plein soleil : sa période Renoir au Musée de l'OrangerieMagritte en plein soleil : sa période Renoir au Musée de l'OrangerieMagritte en plein soleil : sa période Renoir au Musée de l'OrangerieMagritte en plein soleil : sa période Renoir au Musée de l'Orangerie Magritte in Full Sunlight. The “Renoir” Period at Paris Musée de l’Orangerie - New dates
An exhibition about Magritte’s Renoir Period is coming to the Musée de l’Orangerie. This period – from 1941 to 1947 – is described as a cycle during which the painter wished to see the bright side of life and was inspired by impressionists. As an outcome, over a hundred works. Running from May 19 to July 19, 2021. [Read more]

Exposition Nouvel an chinois 13 - Marc RiboudExposition Nouvel an chinois 13 - Marc RiboudExposition Nouvel an chinois 13 - Marc RiboudExposition Nouvel an chinois 13 - Marc Riboud Marc Riboud, Histoires Possibles: the great retrospective at Paris Musée Guimet - Extra time
French photographer Marc Riboud has a retrospective focusing on him at Paris Musée Guimet on the occasion of his bequest of all his works to the museum. The exclusive display is to discover from May 19 to September 6, 2021. [Read more]

Exposition Bowie Odyssée au PalaceExposition Bowie Odyssée au PalaceExposition Bowie Odyssée au PalaceExposition Bowie Odyssée au Palace Bowie Odyssée, the David Bowie exhibition at Le Palace
The “Bowie Odyssée” exhibition – gathering over 1,000 items collected by David Bowie fans – is ultimately opening. It takes place at the Le Palace theater from May 19 to August 31, 2021. An exhibition definitely worth the trip. [Read more]

Girault de Prangey, photographe, l'exposition au Musée d'OrsayGirault de Prangey, photographe, l'exposition au Musée d'OrsayGirault de Prangey, photographe, l'exposition au Musée d'OrsayGirault de Prangey, photographe, l'exposition au Musée d'Orsay Girault de Prangey – Photographer, the exhibition at Paris Musée d’Orsay - New dates
Paris Musée d’Orsay invites you from May 19 to July 11, 2021 to discover the latest exhibition, Girault de Prangey – Photographer. A retrospective on the career of one of the greatest names of the debuts of photography in France. [Read more]

Albrecht Altdorfer, l'exposition au Musée du LouvreAlbrecht Altdorfer, l'exposition au Musée du LouvreAlbrecht Altdorfer, l'exposition au Musée du LouvreAlbrecht Altdorfer, l'exposition au Musée du Louvre Albrecht Altdorfer, digital tour of the Louvre's exhibition
The Louvre invites German painting fans to discover an exhibition about Albrecht Altdorfer. The occasion to discover this major artist from the German Renaissance, with focus on big orders such as from Emperor Maximilian, and goldsmithery, landscaping and architecture where Altdorfer has been a pioneer. While we wait for the museum to reopen, enjoy the exhibition on a digital tour. [Read more]

Laurent Grasso au Musée d'OrsayLaurent Grasso au Musée d'OrsayLaurent Grasso au Musée d'OrsayLaurent Grasso au Musée d'Orsay Artificialis, the Laurent Grasso exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay
Laurent Grasso takes over Paris Musée d’Orsay with a never-before-seen movie from May 19 to July 18, 2021, as part of the “Origins of the World” exhibition. The film presents a collection of pictures of the world in hyper-acceleration in a moment of “paroxystic hybridization of humans and non-humans”. [Read more]

Turner, peintures et aquarelles de la Tate au musée Jacquemart AndréTurner, peintures et aquarelles de la Tate au musée Jacquemart AndréTurner, peintures et aquarelles de la Tate au musée Jacquemart AndréTurner, peintures et aquarelles de la Tate au musée Jacquemart André The Turner exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André - Closed
The exhibition focusing on William Turner - running at the Musée Jacquemart-André - takes you on a very beautiful tour of the paintings and watercolors from London famous museum's, the Tate. The exhibition is closed until further notice. [Read more]

Exposition François-Auguste Biard, le peintre voyageur à la Maison de Victor HugoExposition François-Auguste Biard, le peintre voyageur à la Maison de Victor HugoExposition François-Auguste Biard, le peintre voyageur à la Maison de Victor HugoExposition François-Auguste Biard, le peintre voyageur à la Maison de Victor Hugo François-Auguste Biard, the traveling painter: the virtual exhibition of the Victor Hugo’s House
Victor Hugo’s house gives François-Auguste Biard – an ethnographer painter who painted the magnificent landscapes in the North and the Amazonian forest – pride of place. The exhibition's curator chose 20 works, most of them never-before-seen, to comment during a virtual tour. [Read more]

Exposition Laurence Aëgerter au Petit PalaisExposition Laurence Aëgerter au Petit PalaisExposition Laurence Aëgerter au Petit PalaisExposition Laurence Aëgerter au Petit Palais Laurence Aëgerter exhibition at the Petit Palais - Closed
Contemporary art fans are expected from October 6, 2020 to February 28, 2021 at the Petit Palais to discover the very first exhibition of artist Laurence Aëgerter here at the Petit Palais called "Ici mieux qu'en face". The exhibition is closed until further notice. [Read more]

Contemporary art exhibitions to see in February 2021 in Paris:

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Photo exhibitions to see in February 2021 in Paris:

Girault de Prangey, photographe, l'exposition au Musée d'OrsayGirault de Prangey, photographe, l'exposition au Musée d'OrsayGirault de Prangey, photographe, l'exposition au Musée d'OrsayGirault de Prangey, photographe, l'exposition au Musée d'Orsay Girault de Prangey – Photographer, the exhibition at Paris Musée d’Orsay - New dates
Paris Musée d’Orsay invites you from May 19 to July 11, 2021 to discover the latest exhibition, Girault de Prangey – Photographer. A retrospective on the career of one of the greatest names of the debuts of photography in France. [Read more]

Eugène Atget, Voir Paris, l'exposition à la Fondation Herni Cartier BressonEugène Atget, Voir Paris, l'exposition à la Fondation Herni Cartier BressonEugène Atget, Voir Paris, l'exposition à la Fondation Herni Cartier BressonEugène Atget, Voir Paris, l'exposition à la Fondation Herni Cartier Bresson Eugène Atget, voir Paris, the exhibition at Paris Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson - New dates
Eugène Atget is given pride of place for an exhibition held at the Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson. Called “Voir Paris”, this display takes us to the work of the photographer who immortalized Paris from 1890 to 1927 through thousands of shots. To be discovered from May 19 to August 15, 2021. [Read more]

Themed exhibitions to see in February 2021 in Paris:

Exposition Les origines du monde au siècle de Darwin au Musée d'Orsay, nouvelles datesExposition Les origines du monde au siècle de Darwin au Musée d'Orsay, nouvelles datesExposition Les origines du monde au siècle de Darwin au Musée d'Orsay, nouvelles datesExposition Les origines du monde au siècle de Darwin au Musée d'Orsay, nouvelles dates The origins of the world, the exhibition at Paris Musée d’Orsay - Delayed
The Musée d’Orsay devotes a compelling exhibition to the origins of the world and the invention of nature in Darwin’s century. This exhibition, at the crossroads of sciences and arts, will return to the historic change in the 19th century. The exhibition was planned to run from December 15, 2020 to February 14, 2021, but is has been delayed. [Read more]

Exposition Luxes au Musée des Arts DécoratifsExposition Luxes au Musée des Arts DécoratifsExposition Luxes au Musée des Arts DécoratifsExposition Luxes au Musée des Arts Décoratifs Luxes, the exhibition at Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs - Extra time
Luxuries are displayed at Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs. With this exhibition, the museum intends to show the evolution of luxury over time, from the pearl of Abu Dhabi to the coveted item passed on from generations to generations, via spices, tulips and Chanel little black dress. All in all, 100 exceptional pieces to find in rooms usually closed to the public. The exhibition reopens from May 19 to July 18, 2021. [Read more]

La collection Morozov à la Fondation Louis VuittonLa collection Morozov à la Fondation Louis VuittonLa collection Morozov à la Fondation Louis VuittonLa collection Morozov à la Fondation Louis Vuitton The Collection Morozov at Paris Fondation Louis Vuitton - Postponed again
From September 22, 2021 to February 22, 2022, the Fondation Louis Vuitton invites you to discover a super exhibition focusing on the collection Morozov. An exhibition focusing on French and Russian works of art gathered in the early 20th century by two Moscow patrons and collections, Mikhaïl and Ivan Morozov. [Read more]

Visuel Paris Musée du LouvreVisuel Paris Musée du LouvreVisuel Paris Musée du LouvreVisuel Paris Musée du Louvre The Advent of the Artist, the Louvre’s exhibition – Reopening
The Louvre is dedicating an exhibition to the Advent of the Artist in the Petite Galerie. Halted by the coronavirus epidemic, it will resume from July 5, 2021. Adapted to all, this display will get you accustomed to all “features” used by artists over time. [Read more]

Les Olmèques et les cultures du golfe du Mexique, l'expo au Musée du Quai Branly, nos photosLes Olmèques et les cultures du golfe du Mexique, l'expo au Musée du Quai Branly, nos photosLes Olmèques et les cultures du golfe du Mexique, l'expo au Musée du Quai Branly, nos photosLes Olmèques et les cultures du golfe du Mexique, l'expo au Musée du Quai Branly, nos photos The Olmecs and the Cultures of the Gulf of Mexico, our pictures of the exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly
Art enthusiasts are expected at the Musée du Quai Branly to discover the museum’s latest exhibition, at the Mezzanine Est, running from December 15, 2020 to July 25, 2021 and called “The Olmecs and the Cultures of the Gulf of Mexico”. The occasion to learn more about the Olmec civilization and the little-known world of the pre-Colombian cultures of the Gulf of Mexico. [Read more]

L'Empire des sens, l'exposition érotique au musée Cognacq-Jay - nos photosL'Empire des sens, l'exposition érotique au musée Cognacq-Jay - nos photosL'Empire des sens, l'exposition érotique au musée Cognacq-Jay - nos photosL'Empire des sens, l'exposition érotique au musée Cognacq-Jay - nos photos L’Empire des Sens, the erotic exhibition at Paris Musée Cognacq-Jay - Our pictures
The “L’Empire des Sens. De François Boucher à Jean-Baptiste Greuze” exhibition gives an erotic touch to the Musée Cognacq-Jay. Be aroused by the painters from the 18th century. To discover from May 19 to July 18, 2021. [Read more]

La collection Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière arrive au Musée du Quai BranlyLa collection Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière arrive au Musée du Quai BranlyLa collection Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière arrive au Musée du Quai BranlyLa collection Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière arrive au Musée du Quai Branly The Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière collection at Paris Musée du Quai Branly in 2021
The Musée du Quai Branly widens it exhibition spaces to present 36 works from the Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière collection starting from May 19, 2021. Valued to 52 million euros, Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière’s donation is the biggest donation of African and Oceanian works of art since 1945. [Read more]

Historic exhibitions to see in February 2021 in Paris:

D’Alésia à Rome, l'aventure archéologique de Napoléon III, la grande expo du Musée d'archéologie natD’Alésia à Rome, l'aventure archéologique de Napoléon III, la grande expo du Musée d'archéologie natD’Alésia à Rome, l'aventure archéologique de Napoléon III, la grande expo du Musée d'archéologie natD’Alésia à Rome, l'aventure archéologique de Napoléon III, la grande expo du Musée d'archéologie nat D’Alésia à Rome, l’aventure de Napoléon III at the Musée d’Archéologie Nationale - Closed
The Musée d’Archéologie Nationale – or National Museum of Archaeology – takes us to the footsteps of Napoleon III with the “D’Alésia à Rome” – From Alesia to Rome – exhibition. Thanks to many paintings, photographs, maps and items, we follow the last French emperor in his archaeologic journey in Europe and Mediterranean. An adventure to enjoy from September 19, 2020 to February 15, 2021. The exhibition is closed until further notice. [Read more]

Akan, les valeurs de l'échange, l'expo à la Monnaie de ParisAkan, les valeurs de l'échange, l'expo à la Monnaie de ParisAkan, les valeurs de l'échange, l'expo à la Monnaie de ParisAkan, les valeurs de l'échange, l'expo à la Monnaie de Paris Akan, the values of trade, the exhibit at the Monnaie de Paris - our pictures
Because of the coronavirus epidemic, the Monnaie de Paris museum invites history lovers to discover its new exhibition, Akan, the values of trade, from July and until February 28, 2021. A dive into the story of the Akan people, and especially the Ashanti and their oh-so particular use of gold as an exchange currency. The exhibition is closed until further notice. [Read more]

Scientific and playful exhibitions to see in February 2021 in Paris:

Exposition Espions à la Cité des Sciences Exposition Espions à la Cité des Sciences Exposition Espions à la Cité des Sciences Exposition Espions à la Cité des Sciences Espions, the spy exhibition at Paris Cité des Sciences - reopening and extra time
Become a spy with Paris Cité des Sciences! In partnership with the national intelligence services and French TV series Le Bureau des Légendes [The Bureau], let’s put on the shoes of an agent who has to investigate a nuclear test abroad. The exhibition is back on June 27, 2020 and extended to August 1, 2021. [Read more]

Mad Dimension, le nouveau musée immersif 100 % instagrammable : nos photosMad Dimension, le nouveau musée immersif 100 % instagrammable : nos photosMad Dimension, le nouveau musée immersif 100 % instagrammable : nos photosMad Dimension, le nouveau musée immersif 100 % instagrammable : nos photos Mad Dimension, the new immersive and 100% Insta-worthy museum reopens
Alert, this is an event in Paris! The Mad Dimension is the latest and buzzing museum that is 100% immersive and 100% Insta-worthy. This temporary museum reopens from June 6, 2020 and has wonderful surprises in store. Book your session and enjoy an exclusive experience. [Read more]

Le Musée de l'Illusion - les photos Le Musée de l'Illusion - les photos Le Musée de l'Illusion - les photos Le Musée de l'Illusion - les photos The Museum of Illusions reopens in Paris - VIDEO
The Museum of Illusions opens in Paris 1st arrondissement. Starting from May 19, 2021 come and live a unique and playful experience with your family! Dive into a fascinating world shaking your senses up… A multisensory visit you really do not want to miss. [Read more]

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 1 February 2021 to 28 February 2021

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