Summer holidays 2021: Museums and exhibitions for children in Paris

Published by Julie M. · Published on 6 June 2021 at 18h30 · Updated on 7 June 2021 at 21h07
This summer 2021, I know you would like to relax and enjoy discoveries with your children to entertain them while educating them! There is nothing quite like showing them see, wild animals, and other exhibitions filling Paris. Sortiraparis walks you through the museums and animations likely to delight children and adults.

Summer is a comforting moment for children: no more schedule, no more homework… or almost! Every year, parents make the best of this time of the year to make their children brush up. But no one has ever decided that knowledge couldn’t be linked to pleasure and discovery.

So, we offer you a selection of cultural and teaching outings to delight your children.

Instructive exhibitions:

La Cité des Bébés à la Cité des Sciences et de l'IndustrieLa Cité des Bébés à la Cité des Sciences et de l'IndustrieLa Cité des Bébés à la Cité des Sciences et de l'IndustrieLa Cité des Bébés à la Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie Cité des Bébés at Paris Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie to have fun with your family
Looking for a free toddler-friendly place in Paris? The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie has been so since 2019 with the Lab de la Cité des bébés. Toddlers aged 0-2 are roused safely in an area suiting their age and free of plastic for 90 minutes!

Playful exhibitions:

Le Musée Grévin, nouvelle génération - les photosLe Musée Grévin, nouvelle génération - les photosLe Musée Grévin, nouvelle génération - les photosLe Musée Grévin, nouvelle génération - les photos The Grévin Paris 2.0 reopens with a discount offer
Grévin Paris underwent a makeover in 2019, and expects us from May 19, 2021 with a reopening discout offer available until June 29, 2021. The famous museum set on Boulevard Montartre is finally ready to welcome visitors again so that they can find an always increasing collection of celebrities. The Parisian museum production has been redesigned and the decors entirely remade to offer a more modern tour.

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 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.

Photos : Exposition immersive Jimmy Nelson : The last sentinels à l’Atelier des Lumières Photos : Exposition immersive Jimmy Nelson : The last sentinels à l’Atelier des Lumières Photos : Exposition immersive Jimmy Nelson : The last sentinels à l’Atelier des Lumières Photos : Exposition immersive Jimmy Nelson : The last sentinels à l’Atelier des Lumières The Last Sentinels, the Jimmy Nelson immersive exhibition returns to the Atelier des Lumières
After a shortened display at the Atelier des Lumières during All Saints' vacation 2020, the “The Last Sentinels” exhibition created by photographer Jimmy Nelson returns to the Parisian museum. From June 9 to July 10, 2021, discover a very beautiful immersion meeting faraway peoples, as part of the “Save the Planet” action.

Le Musée Méliès, le nouveau musée du cinéma de la Cinémathèque FrançaiseLe Musée Méliès, le nouveau musée du cinéma de la Cinémathèque FrançaiseLe Musée Méliès, le nouveau musée du cinéma de la Cinémathèque FrançaiseLe Musée Méliès, le nouveau musée du cinéma de la Cinémathèque Française Musée Méliès: Paris Cinémathèque new museum to discover from May 19
As soon as lockdown is lifted, get ready to discover Musée Méliès, the new movie museum by Cinémathèque Française. Bigger, more beautiful, Musée Méliès unveils its tour and many exclusive archives of Georges Méliès of course, as well as other and more contemporary movie makers. This will likely make children and grown-ups, curious and passionate of the 7th art dream.

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.

Cultural exhibitions:

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 The Napoléon exhibition is up at the Grande Halle de la Villette
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.

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.

Au pays des monstres, l'exposition fantastique au musée d'Orsay, nos photosAu pays des monstres, l'exposition fantastique au musée d'Orsay, nos photosAu pays des monstres, l'exposition fantastique au musée d'Orsay, nos photosAu pays des monstres, l'exposition fantastique au musée d'Orsay, nos photos Swiss Modernities, the exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay - New dates
Swiss modernities (1890-1914) are coming to the Musée d’Orsay for a compelling spring exhibition. From May 19 to July 25, 2021, the museum provides you with a selection of 70 paintings by Swiss avant-garde painters including Cuno Amiet, Giovanni Giacometti, Felix Vallotton and Max Buri. Little known in France, they are part of the European avant-garde.

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.

Outdoor exhibitions:

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.

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!

If discovering playful exhibitions is an occasion to brush up or educating their curiosity, do not forget to go out with your family and enjoy other entertainments.  We have listed the best things to do this summer with your family in Paris!

©Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Amélie Dupont

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 7 July 2021 to 1 September 2021

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    75 Paris

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