Coming to Paris during the first months of 2022? Here are 10 recommended art exhibits that you will enjoy and that will increase your knowledge of the art scene in Paris.

1 - Gaston Paris, Reporter — Photography as Spectacle / Centre Pompidou

From January 19th to April 18th 2022

Inside the Pompidou Center

For lovers of photography, especially photos of Paris in the 1930’s

Gaston Paris, a talented photographer and attentive reporter: his photographs in VU magazine captured the spirit of Paris in the 1930’s. This exhibit shows the important role of photography in the surrealist movement. Gaston Paris is largely unknown today, but he was a virtuoso technician and astute observer of the social scene in Paris.

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, 4e, Metro Rambuteau

Other things to do in the neighborhood: Take time to visit the Marais and the Musée Carnavalet ( the museum of the history of Paris).

2 - Pamela Tulizo, Face to Face / Maison Européenne de la Photographie

From January 21st to March 13th 2022

Maison Européenne de la Photographie

Photographs by a young Congolese photographer whose works question how women are regarded in her country.

Born in 1994 in Bakavu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pamela Tulizo grew up in Goma, in a region torn apart during the civil war and known for the plague of sexual violence perpetrated against women. She won the Dior Prize for Visual Arts for Young Talents in 2020. Her photos capture the double identity of Congolese women both as devalued victims and as fighters against social injustices. More recent photos in the exhibit from her recent series « Paradise Hell, » were inspired by the Covid 19 epidemic and show models in magnificent dresses made from essential products such as food and charcoal.

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5/7 Rue Force, 4e, Metro Saint Paul

Other things to do in the neighborhood: The Place des Vosges is a must-see and you’ll be close enough to do both things the same day.

3 - Hey! The Drawing / Halle Saint-Pierre - Montmartre

From January 22nd to December 31st 2022

Montmartre area

Alternative art that wants to provoke surprise, curiosity, amazement, rejection, attraction, emotion and anxiety.

The exhibit brings together sixty international artists, in addition to works from Japanese prisoners as well as preliminary sketches for graffiti. It provides an overview of a contemporary aesthetic in which the creative energy of the counterculture is a double force of both proposition and contestation. The artistic otherness is presented in its diversity and complexity as a form of resistance against the impoverishment of our collective imagination.

Halle Saint-Pierre, 2 Rue Ronsard, 18e, Metro Anvers

Other things to do in the neighborhood: A great exhibit to take in on your visit to Montmartre

4- Boilly. Chroniques Parisiennes / Musée Cognac-Jay

From February 16th to June 26th, 2022

Louis-Léopold Boilly, Les Grimaces

Louis-Léopold Boilly , a painter who during 60 years chronicled the Paris of his time: its modernity, its effervescence, its shows and it joie de vivre.

Boilly’s paintings of life in Paris (1789 - 1848) and particularly of Parisian faces is masterful. His studies of expressions often double as caricatures that show his offbeat (sometimes biting) regard for his fellow Parisians. He painted scenes in cafés at carnivals and at the departure of stagecoaches. His paintings reveal the joy he took observing everyday life in his Paris.

Musée Cognac-Jay, 8 Rue Elzevir, 3e, Metro, Saint Paul

Other things to do in the neighborhood: From the Cognac-Jay museum, it’s a short wall to either the Picasso museum or the Carnavalet museum if you feel like doing 2 museums in one day. If you don’t, the Place des Vosges is a great place for a picnic or just to relax after your museum visit.

5 - Cézanne, Lumières de Provence (Lights of Provence) / L'Atelier des Lumières

From February 2nd 2022 to January 2, 2023

Entrance of the Atelier des Lumieres

An intimate and introspective exhibit revealing Cézanne’s deep torment over portraying light and colors and his connection to nature.

An immersion into Cézanne’s passion and torment in representing nature: trees and forests, and parks and gardens leading to some of his excellent works: Bibémus, l’Estaque and Sainte-Victoire. There are also self-portraits showing his inner torment brought by the calming daily life in Aix and the atmosphere of his workshop. The exhibit traces a line of nature though his major works toward Provence and Sainte-Victoire.

L’Atelier des Lumières, 38 Rue Saint Maure, 11e, Metro, Saint Maur

Other things to do in the neighborhood: If you have the energy, the Père Lachaise cemetery is a short walk from the museum and worth a visit.

6 - Pionnières, Artistes dans Paris des années folles / Musée de Luxembourg

(Pioneers, (Female) Artists in Paris in the Crazy Years (1920’s)

From March 2nd to July 10th, 2022

View of the Luxembourg Garden near the museum

The primary role of women in the development of the great artistic movements of modernism

These pioneers, born at the end of the 19th or beginning of the 20th century were finally allowed to study at the great schools of art, which had previously been reserved for men. In the ‘Roaring 20’s’ many of them spent several weeks up to several years in Paris. They were the first to be able to be recognized as artists, own a studio, a gallery or a publishing house, direct workshops in schools of art, and represent nude bodies, both masculine and feminine. The exhibit shows their contributions to modernism with paintings, sculptures, photographs, films, textiles, and literature.

Musée de Luxembourg, 19 rue de Vaugirard, 6e, RER, Luxembourg

Other things to do in the neighborhood: If the weather is nice, the Luxembourg Gardens are a great place for a comforting stroll and it’s always fun to explore the Latin Quarter.

7 - Aux sources des Nymphéas : les impressionnistes et la décoration / Musée de l’Orangerie

(To the Sources of the Water-Lilies : the Impressionists and Decoration)

From March 2nd to July 11th, 2022

View of the Tuileries Garden

Did the Impressionists think they were creating decorations? This exhibit makes a convincing case for « Yes. »

What we see in Impressionist paintings, the landscapes, flowers, and scenes of modern life were originally thought of as decorations by the artists. Paying attention to the place of beauty in everyday life, the Impressionists made their art a field of experimentation, exploring all the possibilities of various media. The exhibit includes works by Cassatt, Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro and Renoir.

Musée de l’Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde (côté Seine), Paris 1e, Metro, Concorde

Other things to do in the neighborhood: The Tuileries Gardens are a great place to have a leisurely stroll and if it’s cold outside (or even if it isn’t) go to Angelina, across the 'Rue de Rivoli' where you will find some of the best hot chocolate in Paris.

8 - Love Brings Love, le défilé hommage à Alber Elbaz / Palais Galliera

(The Procession Honoring Alber Elbaz)

From March 5th to July 10th 2022

Palais Galliera

Contemporary Parisian fashion design inspired by the creation or person of Albert Elbaz.

Elbaz became famous for flowing dresses with long trains, short dresses enlivened by fluttering fabric or large knots, and dresses printed with his own portrait. The Palais Galliera wanted to pay homage to Alber Elbaz by organizing an exhibit that recreated the procession of designs by 46 well known designers following his death, and invites you to immerse yourself in the effects, music and light that made this evening an historic event.

Palais Galliera - musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, 10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris 16e, Metro, Alma Marceau

Other things to do in the neighborhood: This is a neighborhood of some of the best of the capital’s museums including the Musée Guimet (National Museum of Asian Arts) and the Palais de Tokyo ( Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art).

9 - Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905) - Lumières de Finlande / Petit Palais

(Lights of Finland)

From March 10th to July 10th 2022

Petit Palais - Musée des beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris

An Impressionist who mastered representing light in Scandinavian summers. Edelfelt was one of the pioneers of Finnish painting who studied and settled in Paris. His style is a mixture of impressionism and realism. He spent his summers in Finland where his landscapes showed both his love of his country and his mastery of technique. A very popular artist in Scandinavia, this retrospective reintroduces to Parisians someone who was equally popular in France in the late 19th century.

Petit Palais - Musée des beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris, 2 avenue Winston-Churchill, Paris 8e, Metro, Champs Elysées Clemenceau

Other things to do in the neighborhood : The Champs Elysées is at one end of avenue Winston Churchill and the Seine river at the other. A perfect place of go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of Paris.

10 - Gallen-Kallela, Mythes et nature (Myths and Nature) / Musée Jacquemart-André

From March 11th to July 25th

An exhibit of Finnish nature and country landscapes painted when her contemporaries focused on urban modernism

Tracing the career of this major Finnish painter, the exhibit highlights how Gallen-Kallela was able to represent Finland with an incomparable lyricism. He anchored his works in the majestic beauty of savage nature following the seasons. His landscapes vibrate with all the strength of Nature as it was expressed in Nordic myths and sacred texts.

Musée Jacquemart-André, 158 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8e, Metro, Miromesnil

Other things to do in the neighborhood: The Jacquemart-André Museum has one of the nicest tea rooms in Paris. When you’re there, notice the ceiling painting by Tiepolo!

Written by Eliot Goldman and edited by Pamela Breit

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Paris is a city for walking, and walking in Paris during the holiday season can be even more rewarding! Visiting the traditional Christmas markets (les Marchés de Nöel) and getting lost between the stands, trying Vin Chaud, tasting Nougat going up a Ferris wheel, and so much more... is a great way to encounter locals as well as to keep kids engaged and happy. Because we know that you want to make the best of your visit in Paris we have made a list of our favorites ones:

Notre Dame -- Quai Montebello, Square Viviani. 5ème arr. Best if you have limited time. A small, traditional Christmas market featuring handmade crafts that could make great gifts and traditional hearty winter food favorites. The market is small enough so you won’t need to worry about losing sight of the kids. From December 10 to 26.

Jardin des Tuileries

Great for playing for an entire day!

Jardin des Tuileries 1ère arr.

Our favorite for playing for an entire day. A huge market with artisanal gift ideas; food favorites including warm mulled wine, raw oysters, and tartiflette; an ice skating rink and an amusement park...

From November 20 to January 2.

Saint Germain des Près

A good place to find gifts quickly

Place Saint Germain des Près, 5ème arr.

A small market of decorated cabins featuring gourmet and artisanal products in one of our favorite Paris neighborhoods.

From November 20 to December 26.


Good time for families with little kids

Place des Abbesses, 18ème arr.

Montmartre still feels like a village within Paris and the market is special. It features French handicrafts for gifts,, seasonal food delights and free decoration workshops for kids. Bring the family.

From November 26 to January 2.

La Défense

An international Christmas experience

Parvis de la Défense

One of the largest Christmas markets with more than 350 cabins. It recreates a French village with artisanal crafts and food specialties from all over the world. From November 25 to December 28.

Hôtel de Ville

Our favorite illuminations

Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville, 4ème

Food treats, artisanal gift ideas and wood sculptures made by the Paris Parks Department. A merry-go-round, slide and rock climbing wall for kids. Be sure to visit the stands featuring “Fabriqué à Paris” (Made in Paris) hand crafted goods. -

Too many markets? And so many other things to do in too little time? How to know which market to choose and how to combine that with other exciting activities? 😥

If that’s you, you could benefit from booking a tour with one of our expert guides who can bring you there quickly, tell you interesting anecdotes, provide translation and combine the must-see spots in the neighborhood while having a great time! 🤩 Book your expert guide HERE

🎄🎅🏼 Ho ho ho! We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! 🎅🏼🎄

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Updated: Dec 15, 2021

One of those places that most tourists don’t save time to visit is the imposing Pantheon. But if you're in Paris for a second or third time, we think you should dedicate some time to explore.

It was originally built as the Church of Saint Geneviève, the patroness saint of Paris at the time of King Louis XV (18th century). After several modifications of its purpose, it now houses the remains of the most honored French citizens, but no relics of saints nor any French kings or queens. And that contrast is an excellent introduction to the revolutionary changes that make up French history. But still... If you look only at the walls and the architecture, it seems to be a Catholic church dedicated to Saint Geneviève.

Recently, there have been long lines of visitors waiting to get in. Why?

This past November 30, the diva Josephine Baker was honored as one of the « Greats of France ».

President Emmanuel Macron led a solemn ceremony for her entry into the Pantheon.

But why was a foreign lady buried among the greatest "men of France"?

Here we quickly share her exciting story and the reason she has deserved this great honor that will immortalize her name for generations of French citizens:

Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1906, Josephine Baker moved to France in the 20’s where she became a star performer in French night clubs and the first black woman to star in a major motion picture in 1927! She began her cabaret career in the Folies Bergère where in the review, Un Vent de Folie, (A Crazy Wind), she wore a costume of a skirt of artificial bananas and a necklace. She was the most famous American entertainer in France and was friendly with Hemingway, Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso who made drawings of her.

On November 30th 1937 she married Jean Lion, a French man. Thanks to this union she immediately received French citizenship.

During WWII, she was an active member of the French Resistance and used her celebrity status to gather intelligence from enemy diplomats and military brass in Paris. She passed messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music and carried other secret messages in her underwear because she believed that with her fame, no one would strip search "Josephine Baker". She was decorated with the Resistance Medal, the Croix de Guerre, and in 1961 with the Légion d’Honneur.

When France decided it wanted to follow tradition and move her remains to a crypt in the Pantheon, it needed the family’s permission. She was buried in Monaco and her family wanted her remains to stay there. In her case, the crypt contains soil from the places where she lived in France and the United States: St Louis, Paris, Dordogne, and Monaco. She is the sixth woman to be honored by entry into the Pantheon and was preceded by Marie Curie, Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz, Germiane Tillion, Sophie Berthelot, and Simone Veil.

This year, exactly 84 years, after the day Josephine became French, she received the recognition that shows that this beautiful country is proud to honor the brave and generous people that make France greater every day and have made it their home.

Bravo Josephine and to all those foreigners that have France in their heart! ♥️ StrollsParis tips:

1) If you pay visit to Josephine and the other "greats" assure your ticket by getting it HERE.

2) Being at the top of the Latin Quarter don't miss the chance to visit the church of Saint Etienne du Mont, the only church that still has a Rood screen in Paris! Beautiful! 3) Want to explore the area before or after your visit? Hire our Latin Quarter stroll HERE

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