Petit Palais

Petit Palais, Paris: Hours, Address, Petit Palais Reviews: 4.5/5

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
About
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.
Suggested duration
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The area
Address
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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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,850 contributions
Sep 2021
This is a gorgeous building that survived on the the big world expos and now houses the art collection of the City of Paris. Some treasures and it's free. There are good temporary shows than cost a little money. Lovely cafe. And the architecture is sublime.
Written 24 December 2021
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Lior B
6 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Beautiful exhibition of Art. The story of how Paris became the capital of urban sculptures in the 19th century. In another hall surprisingly charming paintings.
Written 3 December 2021
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George P
Glyfada, Greece114 contributions
Nov 2021
When something is free, you don't know exactly what to expect but inside Petit Palais, you can see a great deal of art. Sculptures, paintings, artifacts, it's absolutely charming and entertaining. Visit it if you are in Paris!
Written 28 November 2021
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Robbert L
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,406 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
A hidden gem. Not as wellknown as eg the Louvre. You stumble more or less over this small but attractive museum. Some very beautiful paintings from the realism period (Courbet and others). Temporary exhibition Othoniel.
Written 21 November 2021
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Frank Geisler 🇨🇭
Zurich, Switzerland13,042 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
We came as part of our sightseeing tour across Paris.

A wonderful palace, well maintained (at least partially). Please plan for plenty of time to see lots of the interior.

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Written 8 August 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,850 contributions
Jul 2021
It's free to enter here to view a great permanent collection of art treasures donated to the city. You do have to pay for special expos which are often quite good. It's a beautiful building with a charming cafe in the center court.
Written 27 July 2021
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Blue R
Seville, Spain83 contributions
May 2021
There's this almost juvenile obsession with T&A (at least the entrance was free) so I skipped that as much as I could. I came across some Russian wood paintings of the Madonna and Child, as well as other religious scenes. That was the highlight, I'd say.
Written 8 June 2021
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia36,137 contributions
Oct 2019
Petit Palais is a stunning building. It is located across the road from its "twin" the Grand Palais. It was built in 1900 for the so called Universal Exhibition, and it must have made quite an impression. Today it is part of the Museum of Fine Arts. It is a wonderful example of extraordinarily beautiful architecture. Worth a look if you have the time.
Written 13 September 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,850 contributions
Jan 2020
This is one of my favorite places in Paris and I have visited many times. It's a free museum that holds some treasures that belong to the city. There are also some temporary expos here often with an entrance fee. The display space is truly exquisite. Just go and wander around. Have a cup of tea in the garden inside.
Written 26 August 2020
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Fred M
Summerville, SC2,043 contributions
Jun 2019
An absolute wonderful work of architecture that houses art, sculpture, tapestries, furniture, and much, much more from antiquity to the 21st century. In addition to the permanent exhibits there are typically two special exhibits from different eras and different countries or regions. We spent most of the day at Petit Palais and likely didn't see half of the exhibits . We will definitely return during our 2020 visit to Paris. (our actual visit was in late may 2019)
Written 20 May 2020
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