The best exhibitions in Paris this May 2019

In May 2019, Paris is the theater of beautiful exhibitions. With sunny days upon us, it's time to visit Paris museums and monuments and to discover the many exhibitions and meetings without forgetting Museums Night! It's so sunny it would be a shame to miss a thing...

We’ve got a new saying for you: April showers bring many hours of art events in May! Prehisory, Van Gogh, Tutankhamon, Romantic Paris and dream of Palace of Versailles, there's something for everyone!

May 2019's major events:

Exposition Préhistoire, un invention moderne au Centre Pompidou, les photosExposition Préhistoire, un invention moderne au Centre Pompidou, les photosExposition Préhistoire, un invention moderne au Centre Pompidou, les photosExposition Préhistoire, un invention moderne au Centre Pompidou, les photos Préhistoire, une invention moderne, the exhibition at Paris Centre Pompidou
From May 8 to September 16, 2019, Paris Centre Pompidou dedicates an exhibition to the fertile relationship between prehistory and modern art, a display called “Préhistoire, une invention moderne” [Prehistory, a modern invention].."|image="gauche"]

Musée Louvre Nuit | usée du Louvre © Paris Tourist Office - Photographe : Marc Bertrand - Architecte : Ieoh Ming Peï  Marc BertrandMusée Louvre Nuit | usée du Louvre © Paris Tourist Office - Photographe : Marc Bertrand - Architecte : Ieoh Ming Peï  Marc BertrandMusée Louvre Nuit | usée du Louvre © Paris Tourist Office - Photographe : Marc Bertrand - Architecte : Ieoh Ming Peï  Marc BertrandMusée Louvre Nuit | usée du Louvre © Paris Tourist Office - Photographe : Marc Bertrand - Architecte : Ieoh Ming Peï  Marc Bertrand Long Night of Museums, Museum Night 2019 in Paris and Ile de France
This year, the “Nuit des Musées,” or Long Night of Museum, takes place on Saturday May 18th, 2019.For this 15th edition, over 1000 museums will be open all night, to share their most treasured works, giving you behind-the-scenes access, and even hosting numerous events like treasure hunts, concerts or even light shows, most of them being free of charge... Meet on Saturday May 18, 2019!

Circulation(s) 2019, festival de photo au 104 Circulation(s) 2019, festival de photo au 104 Circulation(s) 2019, festival de photo au 104 Circulation(s) 2019, festival de photo au 104 Circulation(s) 2019, the photo festival at 104
The Centquatre welcomes Circulation(s), the festival devoted to young European photography from April 20 to June 30, 2019. True discovery, the festival is the occasion to meet 37 young talents of the photo selected by a professional jury and leave with a signed portrait!

Toutânkhamon à la Grande Halle de la Villette : nos photosToutânkhamon à la Grande Halle de la Villette : nos photosToutânkhamon à la Grande Halle de la Villette : nos photosToutânkhamon à la Grande Halle de la Villette : nos photos King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the Grande Halle de la Villette: our pictures
An exhibition devoted to Tutankhamun in Paris? From March 23, to September 15, 2019, head to La Villette for a major display of the treasures of the Pharaoh in conjunction with the Grand Egyptian Museum.

Exposition Van Gogh à l'Atelier des Lumières, les photosExposition Van Gogh à l'Atelier des Lumières, les photosExposition Van Gogh à l'Atelier des Lumières, les photosExposition Van Gogh à l'Atelier des Lumières, les photos Van Gogh, La Nuit Etoilée: the experience at Paris Atelier des Lumières
From February 22 to December 31, 2019 Paris Atelier des Lumières takes us to a new immersive exhibition focusing on Van Gogh’s universe. For 35 minutes, we roam around Van Gogh’s most beautiful paintings, rediscovering this poorly received genius back in the days. His story, his brushstroke and his evolution are unveiled.

To be discovered in May 2019 too:

Portes ouvertes des ateliers du Père Lachaise AssociésPortes ouvertes des ateliers du Père Lachaise AssociésPortes ouvertes des ateliers du Père Lachaise AssociésPortes ouvertes des ateliers du Père Lachaise AssociésPère Lachaise studios open house 2019
Père-Lachaise studios are open from May 11 to 13, 2019. The occasion to discover the painters, sculptors and photographers living in this bucolic area of Paris 20th arrondissement.

Jean Cotelle, l'exposition au Grand Trianon de VersaillesJean Cotelle, l'exposition au Grand Trianon de VersaillesJean Cotelle, l'exposition au Grand Trianon de VersaillesJean Cotelle, l'exposition au Grand Trianon de Versailles Visible – Invisible at the Palace of Versailles, the contemporary art exhibition 2019
From May 14 to October 20, 2019, the Palace of Versailles welcomes Dove Allouche, Nan Goldin, Martin Parr, Eric Poitevin and Viviane Sassen for a compelling exhibition, Visible – Invisible, at the Trianon estate.

Exposition Barbie’s Birthday à la Galerie Isabelle LavernyExposition Barbie’s Birthday à la Galerie Isabelle LavernyExposition Barbie’s Birthday à la Galerie Isabelle LavernyExposition Barbie’s Birthday à la Galerie Isabelle LavernyBarbie's Birthday exhibition at the Galerie Isabelle Laverny
The most famous doll for children is exhibited at the Galerie Isabelle Laverny with the Barbie's Birthday display by photographer Michel Tréhet.

Festiwall 2016 en île de France Festiwall 2016 en île de France Festiwall 2016 en île de France Festiwall 2016 en île de France FestiWall 2019: the Parisian urban art festival along the water
The "De l'Amour et des Murs!" association, the Galerie d'Art urbain The Wall and Paris 19th arrondissement town hall join forces for the 4th year to provide on Saturday May 18 and Sunday 19, 2019 the FestiWall, the first Parisian festival devoted to street art and urban cultures.

Les salons littéraires du Paris romantique, l'exposition au musée de la Vie RomantiqueLes salons littéraires du Paris romantique, l'exposition au musée de la Vie RomantiqueLes salons littéraires du Paris romantique, l'exposition au musée de la Vie RomantiqueLes salons littéraires du Paris romantique, l'exposition au musée de la Vie RomantiqueLes Salons Littéraires du Paris Romantique, the exhibition at the Musée de la Vie Romantique
The Musée de la Vie romantique presents a new exhibition: "Paris Romantique, les salons littéraires (1815-1848)", a true cultural panorama of the French capital between 1815 and 1848. To visit from May 22 to September 15, 2019.

Révélations 2017, biennale des métiers d'art et de la création au Grand PalaisRévélations 2017, biennale des métiers d'art et de la création au Grand PalaisRévélations 2017, biennale des métiers d'art et de la création au Grand PalaisRévélations 2017, biennale des métiers d'art et de la création au Grand PalaisRévélations 2019, the art and creation biennale at Paris Grand Palais
The Révélations fair is back to the Grand Palais nave from May 23 to 26, 2019. This international art and creation biennale promises 500 designers to discover, international exhibitions, conferences, guided tours and children workshops.

Art Shopping 2018 au Carrousel du Louvre Art Shopping 2018 au Carrousel du Louvre Art Shopping 2018 au Carrousel du Louvre Art Shopping 2018 au Carrousel du Louvre Art Shopping 2019 at the Carrousel du Louvre
The Art Shopping show is back from May 24 to 26, 2019 at Paris Carrousel du Louvre with over 450 artists from all over the world to sell their works. 3 days, 1700 works to buy at studio prices.

Le modèle noir de Géricault à Matisse au Musée d'Orsay, nos photosLe modèle noir de Géricault à Matisse au Musée d'Orsay, nos photosLe modèle noir de Géricault à Matisse au Musée d'Orsay, nos photosLe modèle noir de Géricault à Matisse au Musée d'Orsay, nos photos Black Models: from Gericault to Matisse at the Musée d’Orsay, our pictures
From March 26 to July 21, 2019 Black Models are displayed at the Musée d’Orsay with an exhibition aiming at being historic. Over 100 works return on the representation of black figures in visual arts, from the abolition of slavery in France (1794) to nowadays.

L’Orient des peintres du musée Marmottan-MonetL’Orient des peintres du musée Marmottan-MonetL’Orient des peintres du musée Marmottan-MonetL’Orient des peintres du musée Marmottan-Monet L’Orient des Peintres at Paris Musée Marmottan Monet: our pictures
From March 7 to July 21, 2019 Paris Musée Marmottan Monet displays L’Orient des Peintres [Painters’ Orient]. For this event, the museum has gathered 50 paintings symbolizing orientalism.. For this event, the museum has gathered 50 paintings symbolizing orientalism."|image="gauche"]

Exposition Lune au Grand Palais, nos photos Exposition Lune au Grand Palais, nos photos Exposition Lune au Grand Palais, nos photos Exposition Lune au Grand Palais, nos photos The Moon exhibition at Paris Grand Palais, our pictures
From April 3 to July 22, 2019, the Grand Palais dedicates an exhibition to the moon and its representations. A retrospective going from the Apollo 11 mission to travel through time and discover the very particular vision artists and scientists had of this Earth satellite. Let’s get on board with Galileo, Cassini and Jules Vernes, shall we, friends?

Exposition de la collection d'Helena Rubinstein au Musée d'art et d'histoire du JudaïsmeExposition de la collection d'Helena Rubinstein au Musée d'art et d'histoire du JudaïsmeExposition de la collection d'Helena Rubinstein au Musée d'art et d'histoire du JudaïsmeExposition de la collection d'Helena Rubinstein au Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme Helena Rubinstein collection displayed at Paris Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme
From March 20 to August 25, 2019 Paris Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme provides an exhibition on Helena Rubinstein’s private collection called “The Adventure of Beauty”. An immersion into art, fashion and even photography that won’t leave you unscathed.Exposition Madame de Maintenon au Château de Versailles, les photosExposition Madame de Maintenon au Château de Versailles, les photosExposition Madame de Maintenon au Château de Versailles, les photosExposition Madame de Maintenon au Château de Versailles, les photos Madame de Maintenon, the exhibition at the Palace of Versailles
From April 15, 2019 to July 21, 2019 the Palace of Versailles dedicates a beautiful exhibition to Madame de Maintenon by restoring her quarters within the Palace of Versailles.

La France vue du Grand Siècle, l'exposition au musée du LouvreLa France vue du Grand Siècle, l'exposition au musée du LouvreLa France vue du Grand Siècle, l'exposition au musée du LouvreLa France vue du Grand Siècle, l'exposition au musée du Louvre France viewed from the Grand Siècle, the exhibition at the Louvre in Paris
From March 15 to June 25, 2018, the Louvre Museum offers an exhibition devoted to Israel Silvestre’s drawings called France viewed from the Grand Siècle displayed at the Rotonde Sully Nord.

Rêve Electro, l'exposition à la PhilharmonieRêve Electro, l'exposition à la PhilharmonieRêve Electro, l'exposition à la PhilharmonieRêve Electro, l'exposition à la Philharmonie Electro, the exhibition at Paris Philharmonie
From April 9 to August 11, 2019 Paris Philharmonie dedicates a retrospective to electro music and its deciphering, an exhibition called “Electro from Kraftwerk to Daft Punk”. An exhibition offering you to discover this wide musical culture colored with a political dimension.

Chicago, foyer d'art brut : l'exposition à la Halle Saint-PierreChicago, foyer d'art brut : l'exposition à la Halle Saint-PierreChicago, foyer d'art brut : l'exposition à la Halle Saint-PierreChicago, foyer d'art brut : l'exposition à la Halle Saint-Pierre Chicago, a home for outsider art, the exhibition at Paris Halle Saint-Pierre
Set on the Butte Montmartre, the Halle Saint-Pierre welcomes a beautiful exhibition of American raw art called “Chicago, a home for outsider art”. Running from March 23 to August 2, 2019.

Exhibitions coming to an end in May 2019:

Exposition Vasarely Centre Pompidou, nos photosExposition Vasarely Centre Pompidou, nos photosExposition Vasarely Centre Pompidou, nos photosExposition Vasarely Centre Pompidou, nos photos Vasarely, le partage des formes at Paris Centre Pompidou: our pictures
From February 6 to May 6, 2019, Paris Centre Pompidou will dedicate an exhibition to Vasarely. This exhibit is the first French retrospective dedicated to the father of optical art for over 50 years!

Le Musée Pouchkine : 500 ans de dessins de maîtres, l'expo à la Fondation CustodiaLe Musée Pouchkine : 500 ans de dessins de maîtres, l'expo à la Fondation CustodiaLe Musée Pouchkine : 500 ans de dessins de maîtres, l'expo à la Fondation CustodiaLe Musée Pouchkine : 500 ans de dessins de maîtres, l'expo à la Fondation Custodia The Pushkin Museum, Five Hundred Years of Master Drawings at Paris Fondation Custodia
After enchanting Paris with the wonderful exhibition of Japanese etchings, Fondation Custodia set in Paris 7th arrondissement welcomes “The Pushkin Museum, Five Hundred Years od Master Drawings” from February 2 to May 12, 2019.

Jean-Baptiste Huynh, l'exposition au musée GuimetJean-Baptiste Huynh, l'exposition au musée GuimetJean-Baptiste Huynh, l'exposition au musée GuimetJean-Baptiste Huynh, l'exposition au musée Guimet Jean-Baptiste Huynh, the exhibition at Paris Musée Guimet
The Musée National des arts asiatiques – Guimet [National Museum of Asian Arts – Guimet] set in Paris 16th arrondissement, dedicates a large exhibition to the photographs taken by Jean-Baptiste Huynh. To visit from February 20 to May 20, 2019. set in Paris 16th arrondissement, dedicates a large exhibition to the photographs taken by Jean-Baptiste Huynh. To visit from February 20 to May 20, 2019."|image="gauche"]

Anting-Anting, l'âme secrète des Philippins au Musée du Quai BranlyAnting-Anting, l'âme secrète des Philippins au Musée du Quai BranlyAnting-Anting, l'âme secrète des Philippins au Musée du Quai BranlyAnting-Anting, l'âme secrète des Philippins au Musée du Quai Branly Anting-Anting, The Secret Soul of the Filipino at Paris Musée du Quai Branly
Magical and protective amulets in the Philippines, Anting-Anting are displayed at the Musée du Quai Branly from March 12 to May 26, 2019.

Depending on the weather, we bet you'll want to go out; don't hesitate to have a look at our guides of the parks and gardens in Paris!

Elodie D.
Last updated on 19 April 2019

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Opening Time
From 1 May 2019 to 31 May 2019

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    75001 Paris 1

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