Must See Exhibitions in Paris

Must See Exhibitions in Paris

Written By: Katie Chaplin


Hey everyone!! I just wanted to talk about some of my favorite exhibitions I have been to in Paris, France.  Truly one of the most amazing things about Paris is that there is always exhibitions to attend and as soon as one ends another one begins.

Mariano Fortuny

Palais Galliera, Museum of Fashion

10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Rue de Galliera, 75016 Paris

October 4th 2017-January 7th 2018

Mariano Fortuny is famous for inventing the finely pleated silk dresses and other garments and he printed metallic powder onto garments. He is a Spaniard but spent most of his life in Venice, Italy. Mariano was a prolific inventor and was amazing at creating timeless and comfortable garments.



Le Jardin secret des Hansen


Ordrupgard Collection

Musée Jacquemart-André

158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris
September 2017 -January 22, 2018

This is my absolute favorite exhibition I have ever attended. There are Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works from the second half of the 19th century and early twentieth centuries. You will see are from Monet, Sisley, Pissarro, Renoir, Morisot, Manet and Courbet. Regarding the venue, I recommend getting their early and going for brunch at their cafe. It has excellent food and desserts. It’s the perfect way to start your journey through the secret gardens of Hansen!



Femininities – Guy Bourdin

Maison Chloe

28 Rue de la Baume, 75008 Paris

September 2017-July 4, 2018

This exhibition is the first in a series centered around femininities. All the photographs shown were taken by Guy Bourdin, a personal favorite of mine. He is a French artist and fashion photographer that was the first to create photos that portrayed narratives that changed fashion photography forever.

Tip: You need to go to their site to make a reservation for seeing the exhibit. Here is the link to their site.



Christian Dior, Couturier Du Reve

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

July 5 2017-January 7 2018

When going through this exhibition it is like an entire adventure of discovery through the Dior world. You will see different collections from the couturiers over time displayed in magnificent ways. The amount of awe I experienced through this exhibition makes me want to go back to discover it all over again. The only downside is that it is of course, very crowded and you aren’t able to take a lot of time to look at everything in depth. With that being said, it is still an absolute must-see exhibition whether you live in Paris or are just visiting.

Tip: Buy tickets online and make sure you give yourself enough time to get through the long line outside as well as going through the entire exhibit.




Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris-Inaugural Display

5 avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (last entry at 5:15 p.m.). Open Friday until 9:00 p.m. (last entry at 8:15 p.m.).

This is a small museum showcasing Yves Saint Laurent’s work from his haute couture house. The venue is very elegant with chandeliers, Parisian styled decor and a stairway great for taking pictures. Here you will see an array of designs, materials, jewelry, and garments.




These museums/exhibitions are all free!


Here is a list of some free museums and exhibitions in Paris to also check out. That’s what is so great about Paris is that there is so much knowledge to discover and absorb. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!


-City of Paris Museum of Modern Art

– Balzac’s House (except when a temporary exhibition is programmed)

– Bourdelle Museum*

– Carnavalet Museum – History of Paris

– Cernuschi Museum – Museum of Asian Art

– Cognacq-Jay Museum – Museum of the XVIIIth century art*

– Museum of the General Leclerc and the Paris’ Liberation – Jean Moulin Museum

– Petit Palais – City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts

– Museum of Romantics

– Victor Hugo’s House