Petit Palais
Petit Palais
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition and completely renovated in 2005, the Petit Palais offers an artistic panorama from antiquity through the 20th century: ancient and medieval collections, precious art objects from the French and Italian Renaissance, Flemish and Dutch paintings (Dutuit bequest), icons (Cabal bequest), 18th century work (Tuck donation), French paintings and sculptures from the 19th century - Courbet, Carpeaux, Cezanne, Vuillard - and Art Nouveau creations.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Champs-Élysées
This area is characterized by its namesake avenue which extends northwest from the Louvre to the modern business district, punctuated by the iconic Arc de Triomphe. Grand embassies stand among impressive offices and presidential palaces; architecture from 19th century Universal Exhibitions, homes, art galleries, and 19th century streets designed by Baron Haussmann flank haute-couture boutiques. This neighborhood never rests, buzzing with visitors from around the world at all times of day and night, all within a stone's throw of the Seine.
How to get there
  • Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau • 3 min walk
  • Invalides • 6 min walk
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Vlad B
Tel Aviv, Israel114 contributions
Jan 2023
We came accidently, escaping the cold outside and were greatly surprized.

It's free and such an elegant place1 Much calmer than Orsay. The paintings and statues are of 19th century mainly. The place is quite big, but feels cozy. Don't miss the staircase and the lower level.
Written 29 January 2023
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J-Period
St. Petersburg, FL118 contributions
Dec 2022
The Petit Palais exhibition came as a welcome surprise, particularly since much of its space was free to the visitor. At the time, I visited, there was an impressive array of blue statues floating within the entrance wing of the museum, intended to connect poetry in motion and linking fire, earth and water. Also within this wing, there were some beautiful 18th and 19th century sculptures/statues. My favorite being a dancer in a “beillman” position created by Serge Yourievitch (1876-1969) It was also a surprise to find some paintings by Alfred Sisley, Pisarro and Gauguin along with 16th to 18th century art on the bottom level of the Museum. I did not get to visit the museum's garden because it was so cold.
Written 28 January 2023
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Pati2804
49 contributions
Jan 2023
Couldn't believe this gorgeous building was free to enter, we just stumbled upon it when we went to have a look at the Alexander bridge. Filled with loads of amazing sculptures and paintings. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to fully check it out but a must see for a budget friendly trip to paris.
Written 20 January 2023
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Lainie L
New York City, NY156 contributions
Nov 2022
I love museums but a museum for free? I had to see it for myself. The building is stunning, as many buildings in Paris are, and the permanent collection is free for all visitors. The highlight for me was the collection of Impressionists. I noticed both locals and tourists alike strolling through the building, many with young children.
Written 29 November 2022
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,249 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Extensive exhibition of the works of an interesting British painter Walter Sickert.
A contemporary of Degas who clearly influenced him he lived in France for a long time.
He painted a wide range of subjects often in a somber mood.
Since I had not seen his works before this was a very pleasant surprise.
The show is well presented although the lighting could be brighter as many paintings are fairly dark.
Written 17 November 2022
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,307 contributions
Nov 2022
Built for the Universal Exposition of 1900, today it is the Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris. Its core collection is free to visit. There are charges associaated with temporary exhibitions. The structure itself is impressive. There is a restaurant on site.
Written 11 November 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA14,625 contributions
Jun 2022
The permanent collection here belongs to the City of Paris and is very good, and it is free to visit. The building is grand and dates back to a world expo. The temporary expos here can be quite good. One of my favorite places to come in bad weather.
Written 2 October 2022
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BigJNK
Seattle, WA238 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
The building is lovely! Most of the art work is very period specific. For us the highlight was a small but very high quality collection of impressionists. It is also worthwhile stopping in the gabardine cafe which has OK food served in a fine restful spot in the center of Paris.
Written 27 September 2022
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Rebecca G
Torquay, UK200 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We enjoyed our 2 hour visit here. The building is stunning and makes the experience. Beautiful ceilings inside and out, statues and amazing entrance.
The collection is not large but well displayed. Some information in English, I used Google translate for the rest, there is an audio guide available.
Definitely worth a visit, especially if, like us, you have been to Paris before and are looking for something new.
Written 6 August 2022
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Elizabeth H
Corpus Christi, TX248 contributions
Jun 2022
Such a great FREE museum.
We arrived around 3:30 and left when everyone was politely getting shooed out before 6. A few famous artists/pieces, but the building is art in itself. And the art is great too. It was never crowded like the other 'must see' museums. The courtyard inside (we wanted to get a midafternoon snack but were stuffed from lunch so we skipped that) and the gardens outside are both worth some time as well.
Written 15 July 2022
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