August 2021's exhibitions in Paris

Published by Cécile D., Laurent P. · Photos by My B. · Published on 14 June 2021 at 22h24 · Updated on 14 June 2021 at 22h25
Do you happen to be in Paris this August 2021? It is time to enjoy this summer's museums and exhibitions. Very beautiful moments await, head to museums!

August in Paris is all about being idle. Lounge in the sun and parks, hang out on terrace but also visit museums, while letting yourselves be surrounded with the sweet beauty of masterpieces around you.

To keep things interesting, we offer you to visit all the exhibitions held this summer in Paris and Île-de-France. Contemporary art, impressionists, sculptors, photographers, immersive exhibitions... What do you want to start with?

Unmissable exhibitions to see this August 2021:

Voyage sur la route du Kisokaido : nos photos de l'exposition du Musée CernuschiVoyage sur la route du Kisokaido : nos photos de l'exposition du Musée CernuschiVoyage sur la route du Kisokaido : nos photos de l'exposition du Musée CernuschiVoyage sur la route du Kisokaido : nos photos de l'exposition du Musée Cernuschi Journey Along the Kisokaido, our pictures of the exhibition at Paris Musée Cernuschi - Extra time
Japanese etching fans are expected at the Musée Cernuschi in Paris to discover the “Journey Along the Kisokaido: From Hiroshige to Kuniyoshi” exhibition extended to August 8, 2021.

Dessins pour Versailles, l'exposition à découvrir au château de VersaillesDessins pour Versailles, l'exposition à découvrir au château de VersaillesDessins pour Versailles, l'exposition à découvrir au château de VersaillesDessins pour Versailles, l'exposition à découvrir au château de Versailles Drawings for Versailles. 20 years of acquisitions – the exhibition at the Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles has decorated the apartments of Madame de Maintenon with a never-before-seen exhibition: “Drawings for Versailles. 20 years of acquisitions”. These many little-knowns works of art are to be discovered from June 1 to October 3, 2021.

Henri Cartier-Bresson - Paris, la première exposition du musée Carnavalet après sa réouverture Henri Cartier-Bresson - Paris, la première exposition du musée Carnavalet après sa réouverture Henri Cartier-Bresson - Paris, la première exposition du musée Carnavalet après sa réouverture Henri Cartier-Bresson - Paris, la première exposition du musée Carnavalet après sa réouverture Henri Cartier-Bresson – Revoir Paris, the exhibition at the Musée Carnavalet – New dates
The Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris offers a meeting of minds on the French capital: two photo exhibitions by Eugène Atget and Henri Cartier-Bresson we are looking forward to visiting. To discover these works and the museum recently renovated, you are expected from June 15 to October 31, 2021.

The World of Banksy : expérience immersive à l'Espace Lafayette-Drouot, les photosThe World of Banksy : expérience immersive à l'Espace Lafayette-Drouot, les photosThe World of Banksy : expérience immersive à l'Espace Lafayette-Drouot, les photosThe World of Banksy : expérience immersive à l'Espace Lafayette-Drouot, les photos The Banksy exhibition back to Paris Lafayette-Drouot in early June 2021
“The World of Banksy: The Immersive Experience” exhibition reopens in June 2021 at Paris Espace Lafayette-Drouot. Extended to December 31, 2020, this exhibition in sut is devoted to the world-famous street artist, and reveals about 100 works on 1200sqm.

Les Extatiques 2020 à la Seine Musicale et à La Défense Les Extatiques 2020 à la Seine Musicale et à La Défense Les Extatiques 2020 à la Seine Musicale et à La Défense Les Extatiques 2020 à la Seine Musicale et à La Défense Les Extatiques 2021, the free open-air exhibition is back at La Défense and La Seine Musicale
Les Extatiques, the monumental open-air exhibition at La Défense is back from June 24 to October 3, 2021. Last year, for the 3rd edition, works by Fabrice Hyber, Elsa Shal, Matteo Nasini and Carlos Cruz-Diez took over the public pace between La Défense and the gardens of La Seine Musicale. Meet in a few weeks to find out more about Les Extatiques 2021 artists!

Exposition Le Paris de Dufy au musée de MontmartreExposition Le Paris de Dufy au musée de MontmartreExposition Le Paris de Dufy au musée de MontmartreExposition Le Paris de Dufy au musée de Montmartre Le Paris de Dufy, the exhibition at Paris Musée de Montmartre, our pictures
Paris lovers and art buffs can head to the Musée de Montmartre to discover – for the reopening starting from May 19 – the magnificent exhibition focusing on Raoul Dufy’s works called “Le Paris de Dufy”. An exhibition that has no ending date so far as it may be extended.

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: 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.

Exposition Gaudi à l’Atelier des Lumières, les photos Exposition Gaudi à l’Atelier des Lumières, les photos Exposition Gaudi à l’Atelier des Lumières, les photos Exposition Gaudi à l’Atelier des Lumières, les photos Gaudí, the Architect of the Imaginary: the exhibition at the Atelier des Lumières – New dates
The Atelier des Lumières pays tribute to architecture genius Gaudí, whose works of art have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage. From May 19, 2021 to January 2, 2022, come and enjoy the “Gaudí, the Architect of the Imaginary” exhibition.

Exposition Napoléon à la Grande Halle de la VilletteExposition Napoléon à la Grande Halle de la VilletteExposition Napoléon à la Grande Halle de la VilletteExposition Napoléon à la Grande Halle de la Villette Napoléon, the compelling exhibition at the Grande Halle de la Villette – new dates
The Napoléon exhibition is up from May 28 to September 19, 2021 at La Grande Halle de la Villette. Enjoy the first French Emperor's history as part of the bicentenary of his death. Discover Napoleon’s incredible destiny.

Retrospective exhibitions to see this August 2021:

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.

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!

Contemporary art exhibitions to see this August 2021:

Australia Now 2021 : Bleached Gothic, l'exposition de Petrina Hicks à l'ambassade d'AustralieAustralia Now 2021 : Bleached Gothic, l'exposition de Petrina Hicks à l'ambassade d'AustralieAustralia Now 2021 : Bleached Gothic, l'exposition de Petrina Hicks à l'ambassade d'AustralieAustralia Now 2021 : Bleached Gothic, l'exposition de Petrina Hicks à l'ambassade d'Australie Australia Now 2021: Bleached Gothic, the Petrina Hicks exhibition at the Australian Embassy
As part of the Australia Now 2021, the Australian Embassy dedicates an exhibition to photographer Petrina Hicks called “Bleached Gothic” to run from June 14 to September 2021 – end date not settled yet.

Photo exhibtiions to see this August 2021:

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.

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.

Themed exhibitions to see this August 2021:

Jardins d'Asie, l'exposition dépaysante du Musée GuimetJardins d'Asie, l'exposition dépaysante du Musée GuimetJardins d'Asie, l'exposition dépaysante du Musée GuimetJardins d'Asie, l'exposition dépaysante du Musée Guimet Jardins d’Asie, the exotic exhibition displayed at the Musée Guimet
This summer, the Musée Guimet takes us on a journey – without even leaving Paris! From July 7 to September 20, 2021 come and discover the “Jardins d’Asie” – Asian Gardens – exhibition, an immersive and soft experience making us discover the subtle Asian cultures through the art of gardens.

Cerisiers en fleurs, l'exposition de Damien Hirst à la Fondation CartierCerisiers en fleurs, l'exposition de Damien Hirst à la Fondation CartierCerisiers en fleurs, l'exposition de Damien Hirst à la Fondation CartierCerisiers en fleurs, l'exposition de Damien Hirst à la Fondation Cartier Cherry Blossoms, the Damien Hirst exhibition at the Fondation Cartier
The Fondation Cartier invites British artist Damien Hirst from July 6, 2021 to January 2, 2022 to unveil his latest painting series called Cherry Blossoms (Cerisiers en Fleurs). A series of paintings that is part of the continuity of his researches, also showing the pleasure to meet – thanks to painting – the artist’s gesture again.

The African Shed Laboratory, l'installation au Musée du Quai BranlyThe African Shed Laboratory, l'installation au Musée du Quai BranlyThe African Shed Laboratory, l'installation au Musée du Quai BranlyThe African Shed Laboratory, l'installation au Musée du Quai Branly The African Shed Laboratory, Kemi Bassene’s installation at the Musée du Quai Branly
As part of the Saison Africa2020 program, the Musée du Quai Branly invites you from May 19 to September 26, 2021 to discover artist Kemi Bassene’s installation called “The African Shed Laboratory”. A work made of the museum’s photographic and audiovisual archives.

Australia Now 2021 : Plongez au cœur des récifs, l'exposition à l'Aquarium de ParisAustralia Now 2021 : Plongez au cœur des récifs, l'exposition à l'Aquarium de ParisAustralia Now 2021 : Plongez au cœur des récifs, l'exposition à l'Aquarium de ParisAustralia Now 2021 : Plongez au cœur des récifs, l'exposition à l'Aquarium de Paris Australia Now 2021: Journey to the heart of reefs, the exhibition at Paris Aquarium
As part of Australia Now, Paris Aquarium invites you from June 28 to August 29, 2021 to dive into the heart of the barrier reef thanks to an exhibition called “Australie: Voyage au coeur des récifs”. The occasion to raise awareness about saving the environment, especially ocean floors.

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 Gularri exhibition at Paris Musée du Quai Branly
As part of Australia Now – an event celebrating Australian culture in France – the Musée du Quai Branly offers you to dive into the lives of Aboriginal people of Yolngu with the “Gularri – The Shapes of Water in Northern Australia” exhibition running from June 22 to September 26, 2021.

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 Pierres Précieuses exhibition with Van Cleef & Arpels at Paris National Museum - Reopening
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, come and admire jewels made by Earth and carved by Men.

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.

Ex Africa, l'exposition au Musée du Quai BranlyEx Africa, l'exposition au Musée du Quai BranlyEx Africa, l'exposition au Musée du Quai BranlyEx Africa, l'exposition au Musée du Quai Branly Ex Africa, the exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly
From May 19 to July 11, 2021, the Musée du Quai Branly invites you for its reopening to discover the “Africa Reborn: African aesthetics in contemporary art” exhibition. A never-before seen dive to the heart of the contemporary African creation.

Voyage sur la route du Kisokaido : nos photos de l'exposition du Musée CernuschiVoyage sur la route du Kisokaido : nos photos de l'exposition du Musée CernuschiVoyage sur la route du Kisokaido : nos photos de l'exposition du Musée CernuschiVoyage sur la route du Kisokaido : nos photos de l'exposition du Musée Cernuschi Journey Along the Kisokaido, our pictures of the exhibition at Paris Musée Cernuschi - Extra time
Japanese etching fans are expected at the Musée Cernuschi in Paris to discover the “Journey Along the Kisokaido: From Hiroshige to Kuniyoshi” exhibition extended to August 8, 2021.

Historic exhibitions to see this August 2021:

Voyage sur la route du Kisokaido : nos photos de l'exposition du Musée CernuschiVoyage sur la route du Kisokaido : nos photos de l'exposition du Musée CernuschiVoyage sur la route du Kisokaido : nos photos de l'exposition du Musée CernuschiVoyage sur la route du Kisokaido : nos photos de l'exposition du Musée Cernuschi Journey Along the Kisokaido, our pictures of the exhibition at Paris Musée Cernuschi - Extra time
Japanese etching fans are expected at the Musée Cernuschi in Paris to discover the “Journey Along the Kisokaido: From Hiroshige to Kuniyoshi” exhibition extended to August 8, 2021.

Playful exhibitions to see this August 2021:

Bio-inspirée, la nouvelle expo permanente à la Cité des Sciences et de l'IndustrieBio-inspirée, la nouvelle expo permanente à la Cité des Sciences et de l'IndustrieBio-inspirée, la nouvelle expo permanente à la Cité des Sciences et de l'IndustrieBio-inspirée, la nouvelle expo permanente à la Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie Bio-inspirée, the new permanent exhibition at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
There it is! The latest permanent exhibition that will fascinate us endlessly. “Bio-inspirée” is coming from September 18, 2020 to the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. A wonderful introduction to environment and sustainable solutions for children and older ones.

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.

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.

Free exhibitions to see this August 2021:

The Parisianer, l'expo qui dévoile l'histoire du Muséum à découvrir au jardin des PlantesThe Parisianer, l'expo qui dévoile l'histoire du Muséum à découvrir au jardin des PlantesThe Parisianer, l'expo qui dévoile l'histoire du Muséum à découvrir au jardin des PlantesThe Parisianer, l'expo qui dévoile l'histoire du Muséum à découvrir au jardin des Plantes The Parisianer, the exhibition telling about the story of the Museum at the Jardin des Plantes
What do you get when you mix the beauty of The Parisianer’s works and the fascinating story of Paris National Museum of Natural History together? The answer is to be discovered from May 20 to October 13, 2021 at the Jardin des Plantes housing the free “The Parisianer. Chroniques du Muséum” exhibition.

Photos : exposition Fragiles colosses au Jardin des PlantesPhotos : exposition Fragiles colosses au Jardin des PlantesPhotos : exposition Fragiles colosses au Jardin des PlantesPhotos : exposition Fragiles colosses au Jardin des Plantes Fragiles Colosses exhibition by Michel Bassompierre at the Jardin des Plantes, pictures
Michel Bassompierre and his strange friends are coming to the Jardin des Plantes. The sculptor sets up five monumental works in the aisles of the garden, five magnificent animals to discover along a nice walk. The “Fragiles Colosses” exhibition expects you from April 30 to October 18, 2021.

Visuel Paris Lafayette AnticipationsVisuel Paris Lafayette AnticipationsVisuel Paris Lafayette AnticipationsVisuel Paris Lafayette Anticipations Martin Margiela exhibition at the Fondation Lafayette Anticipations: new dates
Art and fashion lovers are expected at the Fondation Lafayette Anticipations from October 20, 2021 to January 2, 2022 to discover an exhibition about Martin Margiela’s work. An exhibition focusing here on Martin Margiela as an artist and not the fashion designer.

And for even more good ideas, don’t hesitate to have a look at our guide of outdoor cultural walks and exhibitions and our guides of the Parisian museums free for everyone all year long!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 1 August 2021 to 31 August 2021

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    1er Arrondissement
    75001 Paris 1

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    For all

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    2 h

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