Travelling in Paris: exhibitions that transport us to faraway lands

Published by La Rédac · Photos by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Published on April 3rd, 2024 at 06:43 p.m.
There are a thousand and one reasons why we can't travel and see the world. However, this doesn't mean we have to stay stuck at home: many exhibitions take us to more exotic landscapes and make us true globetrotters. Follow the guide!

Are you depressed by the greyness and concrete of Paris? The next vacations are still a long way off, but you need to get away now? Don't worry, we've got the solution! Forget planes, trains or hitchhiking: you don't have to leave Paris to travel and discover new cultures. The capital's museums and art galleries are brimming with magnificentexhibitions that take us from one end of the world to the other.

To escape from the gloom and doom that's setting in, there's nothing like a short trip for a change of scenery. The great thing about Paris is that you can immerse yourself in a wide range of cultures, and even change continents, just by taking a stroll or a ride on the metro. And sometimes, you can even cross the centuries to discover ancient foreign civilizations! Better than magic, it's art.

You don't need a passport or any special vaccinations: all you need to travel thanks to museums is a curious mind and wide-open eyes! Let us take you on a journey of discovery, according to the programming of the art venues, and prepare to be amazed. It's even said that some museums offer us journeys beyond our Earth, to the stars... Dare you try it?

Paintings, photos, sculptures, installations...Art transports us through the ages and across the globe, and we travel on a budget! Treat yourself to a cultural world tour, thanks to the museums, art galleries and cultural institutions in Paris and the Île-de-France region. Choose your next destination with this guide, and embark on an artistic world tour.

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Current exhibitions

Upcoming exhibitions

La culture sportive de la Chine : des pièces inédites exposées au Bastille Design CenterLa culture sportive de la Chine : des pièces inédites exposées au Bastille Design CenterLa culture sportive de la Chine : des pièces inédites exposées au Bastille Design CenterLa culture sportive de la Chine : des pièces inédites exposées au Bastille Design Center China's sporting culture: a free exhibition at the Bastille Design Center
During the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the collections of the Chinese Sports Museum are moving to the Bastille Design Center, in order to present never-before-seen exhibits and the sports practiced in ancient China to as many people as possible! [Read more]

Le Château d'Auvers sur Oise et sa collection permanente sur les ImpressionnistesLe Château d'Auvers sur Oise et sa collection permanente sur les ImpressionnistesLe Château d'Auvers sur Oise et sa collection permanente sur les ImpressionnistesLe Château d'Auvers sur Oise et sa collection permanente sur les Impressionnistes Van Gogh, the last journeys: the exhibition at Château d'Auvers-sur-Oise - Extensions
Auvers-sur-Oise, the birthplace of Impressionism in the Île-de-France region, was home to the painter Vincent Van Gogh during the last years of his life. The château is extending its event exhibition, focusing on his last journeys, until November 2025. [Read more]

Venise Révélée, nos photos de l'exposition au Grand Palais Immersif à BastilleVenise Révélée, nos photos de l'exposition au Grand Palais Immersif à BastilleVenise Révélée, nos photos de l'exposition au Grand Palais Immersif à BastilleVenise Révélée, nos photos de l'exposition au Grand Palais Immersif à Bastille Decoding Korea: Korean digital and contemporary art on show at the Grand Palais Immersif
The Grand Palais Immersif plunges us into Korea's contemporary digital art, with the free exhibition Decoding Korea, on view from July 26 to August 25, 2024. [Read more]

Japon rêvé, l'exposition immersive à l'Atelier des Lumières, les photosJapon rêvé, l'exposition immersive à l'Atelier des Lumières, les photosJapon rêvé, l'exposition immersive à l'Atelier des Lumières, les photosJapon rêvé, l'exposition immersive à l'Atelier des Lumières, les photos Japon rêvé, images du monde flottant: Atelier des Lumières' immersive exhibition returns
Travel to the artists' dream Japan with Atelier des Lumières' immersive exhibition, on view (again) from July 8 to September 1, 2024. [Read more]

Noli, jeux coréens  - IMG 9590Noli, jeux coréens  - IMG 9590Noli, jeux coréens  - IMG 9590Noli, jeux coréens  - IMG 9590 Noli, Korean games: the free, fun exhibition at the Korean Cultural Centre
The Korean Cultural Center offers a fascinating and entertaining tour of Korean games, from the 18th century to the present day, from vintage toys to video games, in a free exhibition from May 24 to October 5, 2024! [Read more]

Exposition Taïnos et Kalinagos des Antilles : un voyage fascinant à faire au musée du Quai Branly - IMG20240603153724Exposition Taïnos et Kalinagos des Antilles : un voyage fascinant à faire au musée du Quai Branly - IMG20240603153724Exposition Taïnos et Kalinagos des Antilles : un voyage fascinant à faire au musée du Quai Branly - IMG20240603153724Exposition Taïnos et Kalinagos des Antilles : un voyage fascinant à faire au musée du Quai Branly - IMG20240603153724 Taïnos and Kalinagos of the West Indies: a fascinating epic at the Musée du Quai Branly
The Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac invites you to discover the culture of the Taïnos and Kalinagos, peoples of the West Indies who have almost disappeared. A journey to be experienced from June 4 to October 13, 2024. [Read more]

Etienne Dinet, passions algériennes : l'exposition qui nous fait voyager à l'IMA - photos - IMG20240129101952Etienne Dinet, passions algériennes : l'exposition qui nous fait voyager à l'IMA - photos - IMG20240129101952Etienne Dinet, passions algériennes : l'exposition qui nous fait voyager à l'IMA - photos - IMG20240129101952Etienne Dinet, passions algériennes : l'exposition qui nous fait voyager à l'IMA - photos - IMG20240129101952 Etienne Dinet, Algerian passions: the exhibition that takes us on a journey is extended at the IMA
Discover Etienne Dinet and his Algerian passions, in an exhibition organized from January 30 to September 15, 2024 at the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris. [Read more]

L’art de James Cameron - IMG 9919L’art de James Cameron - IMG 9919L’art de James Cameron - IMG 9919L’art de James Cameron - IMG 9919 The Art of James Cameron, the exceptional retrospective exhibition at the Cinémathèque française
From April 4, 2024, immerse yourself in the exceptional worlds of Titanic, Terminator and Avatar with a retrospective exhibition on the work of James Cameron, cinema's leading director and screenwriter, at the Cinémathèque Française. [Read more]

Mexica, des dons et des dieux au Templo Major : l'exposition du musée du Quai Branly se dévoile - IMG20240402102359Mexica, des dons et des dieux au Templo Major : l'exposition du musée du Quai Branly se dévoile - IMG20240402102359Mexica, des dons et des dieux au Templo Major : l'exposition du musée du Quai Branly se dévoile - IMG20240402102359Mexica, des dons et des dieux au Templo Major : l'exposition du musée du Quai Branly se dévoile - IMG20240402102359 Mexica, gifts and gods at Templo Major: the Musée du Quai Branly exhibition unveiled
Discover the mighty Mexica empire and its mysterious culture, revealed in a new exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly, from April 3 to October 6, 2024. [Read more]

Exposition Bagdad avec Assassin’s Creed Mirage à l'Institut du Monde Arabe - IMG 4700Exposition Bagdad avec Assassin’s Creed Mirage à l'Institut du Monde Arabe - IMG 4700Exposition Bagdad avec Assassin’s Creed Mirage à l'Institut du Monde Arabe - IMG 4700Exposition Bagdad avec Assassin’s Creed Mirage à l'Institut du Monde Arabe - IMG 4700 Baghdad exhibition with Assassin's Creed Mirage at the Institut du Monde Arabe - our photos
When video games allow us to explore the past... The Institut du Monde Arabe and Ubisoft join forces for an exceptional exhibition: February 28 to November 10, 2024, discover Baghdad: rediscover Madinat al-Salam, with Assassin's Creed Mirage. [Read more]

Les Orientalistes, l'exposition de l'Atelier des Lumières qui nous fait voyager en Orient - photos - IMG20240208102659Les Orientalistes, l'exposition de l'Atelier des Lumières qui nous fait voyager en Orient - photos - IMG20240208102659Les Orientalistes, l'exposition de l'Atelier des Lumières qui nous fait voyager en Orient - photos - IMG20240208102659Les Orientalistes, l'exposition de l'Atelier des Lumières qui nous fait voyager en Orient - photos - IMG20240208102659 Les Orientalistes, the Atelier des Lumières exhibition that takes us on a journey to the Orient - photos
The mysteries of the Orient await you at the Atelier des Lumières: join Ingres, Delacroix, Vernet and many others in this groundbreaking exhibition on view from February 9, 2024 to January 5, 2025. [Read more]

L'Egypte des Pharaons, de Khéops à Ramsès II : l'exposition immersive de l'Atelier des Lumières - IMG20240208094846L'Egypte des Pharaons, de Khéops à Ramsès II : l'exposition immersive de l'Atelier des Lumières - IMG20240208094846L'Egypte des Pharaons, de Khéops à Ramsès II : l'exposition immersive de l'Atelier des Lumières - IMG20240208094846L'Egypte des Pharaons, de Khéops à Ramsès II : l'exposition immersive de l'Atelier des Lumières - IMG20240208094846 Egypt of the Pharaohs: the Atelier des Lumières immersive exhibition unveiled in images
A fabulous journey awaits us this year at the Atelier des Lumières: from February 9, 2024 to January 5, 2025, discover the Egypt of the Pharaohs, from Cheops to Ramses II. [Read more]

Le musée d'art naif de VicqLe musée d'art naif de VicqLe musée d'art naif de VicqLe musée d'art naif de Vicq MIDAN, a naive art museum nestled in a country house in Vicq (78)
The Musée international d'art naïf d'île-de-France (MIDAN) is located in Vicq, a small town in the Yvelines department of France, a cultural venue dedicated to a little-known yet very rich artistic movement. [Read more]

Enquête à Madagascar : nos photos de l'exposition immersive ultra ludique de l'Aquarium tropical - IMG20231113104547Enquête à Madagascar : nos photos de l'exposition immersive ultra ludique de l'Aquarium tropical - IMG20231113104547Enquête à Madagascar : nos photos de l'exposition immersive ultra ludique de l'Aquarium tropical - IMG20231113104547Enquête à Madagascar : nos photos de l'exposition immersive ultra ludique de l'Aquarium tropical - IMG20231113104547 Investigation in Madagascar: our photos of the Tropical Aquarium's ultra-fun immersive exhibition
Save the Joba Mena, an endangered fish from Madagascar, with the Tropical Aquarium's fun, immersive exhibition. To be followed from November 14, 2023 to September 1, 2024. [Read more]

Mission spatiale - IMG 5940Mission spatiale - IMG 5940Mission spatiale - IMG 5940Mission spatiale - IMG 5940 Mission spatiale, the new permanent exhibition in the stars at the Cité des sciences
Take a trip into space from October 23, 2023 at the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, with a new permanent exhibition on the conquest of space. [Read more]

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Europa Expérience, un lieu d'exposition gratuit et immersif sur l'Union Européenne à ParisEuropa Expérience, un lieu d'exposition gratuit et immersif sur l'Union Européenne à ParisEuropa Expérience, un lieu d'exposition gratuit et immersif sur l'Union Européenne à ParisEuropa Expérience, un lieu d'exposition gratuit et immersif sur l'Union Européenne à Paris Europa Expérience, an immersive exhibition on the European Union
Europa Experience is a unique interactive space on the European Union situated in the heart of Paris, in front of the famous Madeleine church. This 1500m2 permanent exhibition about the European Union, spread over three floors has a main goal: providing visitors with an immersive, interactive and enriching experience. Through a multimedia journey with enhanced reality activities and a 360° cinema, you travel to the four corners of the EU... from Paris. [Read more]

Visuels Paris - musée GuimetVisuels Paris - musée GuimetVisuels Paris - musée GuimetVisuels Paris - musée Guimet Ming gold, the splendor and beauty of imperial China: the dazzling exhibition at the Musée Guimet
Immerse yourself in the sumptuous world of imperial China, with the Ming Gold exhibition, on view at the Musée Guimet from September 18, 2024 to January 13, 2025. [Read more]

L'Hôtel de la MarineL'Hôtel de la MarineL'Hôtel de la MarineL'Hôtel de la Marine Color speaks all languages: the Al Thani collection exhibition at Hôtel de la Marine
The Hôtel de la Marine presents an original exhibition in the style of a cabinet of curiosities. From October 3, 2024 to October 5, 2025, come and admire the exhibition La couleur parle toutes les langues. [Read more]

La Conciergerie de Paris : un monument symbolique de la Révolution Française - IMG20230412114648La Conciergerie de Paris : un monument symbolique de la Révolution Française - IMG20230412114648La Conciergerie de Paris : un monument symbolique de la Révolution Française - IMG20230412114648La Conciergerie de Paris : un monument symbolique de la Révolution Française - IMG20230412114648 Revelation! Contemporary art from Benin: the exhibition between tradition and modernity at the Conciergerie
La Conciergerie welcomes contemporary artists from Benin, from October 4 2024 to January 5 2025, for an original exhibition entitled "Révélation ! Contemporary art from Benin". [Read more]

Automne Tropical 2023Automne Tropical 2023Automne Tropical 2023Automne Tropical 2023 Tropical Autumn: the plant and design exhibition at the Grandes Serres du Jardin des Plantes
A lively exhibition and a journey into the heart of nature: this is the exotic experience offered by the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, in the Grandes Serres of the Jardin des Plantes. From October 17 to November 25, 2024, discover "Tropical Autumn: Drawing Botany", a stroll that plunges us into the discovery of species with astonishing aesthetics. [Read more]

Astérix, le voyage immersif à l’Atelier des Lumières Astérix, le voyage immersif à l’Atelier des Lumières Astérix, le voyage immersif à l’Atelier des Lumières Astérix, le voyage immersif à l’Atelier des Lumières Asterix, the immersive journey, the exhibition at the Atelier des Lumières
Asterix and Obelix fans beware: an exceptional, immersive exhibition awaits you at the Atelier des Lumières from October 18, 2024 to January 5, 2025. [Read more]

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