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Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum

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Address: Av. Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris, France
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+33 1 53 43 40 00
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition and completely renovated in 2005,...

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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Best free museum in Paris

Outstanding architecture, paintings, staircases, etc. well worth the trip. Beautiful interior with well laid out sculptures, paintings, and historical artifacts.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Jim C
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Outstanding architecture, paintings, staircases, etc. well worth the trip. Beautiful interior with well laid out sculptures, paintings, and historical artifacts.

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Good architecture, in front of Grand Palais and close to subway station and Champs Elysées. I recommend the visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sitting opposite its larger sibling, the Petit Palais is often quiet as crowds queue to get into the Grand Palais (which admittedly often has better known exhibitions). But for those on a budget, or anyone with an interest in art, the Petit Palais is a wonderful gallery to visit - and it's free! There is a reasonable cafeteria downstairs, if... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Art Nouveau Exposition in Paris, 1900, was one of the greatest shows ever. Many buildings were erected especially for it, but most were subsequently pulled down. One of the survivors, alongside the Grand Palais on the opposite side of the road and, of course, the Eiffel Tower, was this beautiful little gem of a building. It contains a significant... More 

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This place has changing exhibits, but the building is worth the trip - it is an incredible beaux arts place with a hundred interesting details.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great permanent collections, which are for free. The temporary collections are hit and miss, we liked the one of baroque sacral art, lovely collection, well-presented. Overall nice premises with prettty little garden. If you've come from the Grand Palais, make a stop here too.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I admit it! I had been intending to visit it's larger neighbour across the road but finding that there was a two hour wait just to get a ticket, I abandoned ship and headed across the road. The good news is that it is free to visit the permanent collection which has to be the biggest bargain in Paris. Secondly,... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really loved the outstanding collection. Impressive Building too. Sorry we just missed the Oscar Wilde Exhibit. Museum is of a more manageable size than some of the biggies, and it's free! Good café on site. Do Not miss this one while you are here!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is so much to see in Paris that this museum is often overlooked. It shouldn't be though -- for one thing it is free to the public. It's collection also includes several Cezannes, Degas, and a Monet, among many others. There are lovel pieces of antique inlaid furniture, Limoges China, statues and even Greek pieces as well. Restrooms are... More 

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Only really walking past and decided to pop in. Wow - what a beautiful building. Not busy, delightful artwork well presented and labeled. Nice cafeteria. Highly recommended.

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