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Petit Palais

Av. Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris, France (Champs-Élysées)
+33 1 53 43 40 00
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Ranked #51 of 732 attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition and completely renovated in 2005, the Petit Palais offers an artistic panorama from antiquity through the 20th... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

You can really over do it with art and galleries in Paris, especially on a short trip. This gallery is the perfect size for people who want some art but not only art on their Paris trip. We had lovely baguettes in the café for lunch too.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

We didn't go in, but so enjoyed walking across the Pont Alexandre and viewing the Grand Palais and Petit Palais form many angles, that I wanted to give it 5 stars for the great pleasure.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

Exhibition of paintings, beautiful objects .. all about Paris at the time of the Great Exhibition in 1900, set in this wonderful museum, just facing The Great Palais... lovely garden, food and drinks.. go for the permanent exhibition , free of charge , wonderful as well .. and the place is just stunning!!! close to the beautiful bridge and The... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW via mobile

I enjoyed touring this museum - its bigger than I expected. The Paris 1900 exhibit was worthwhile. My disappointment was that the plaques describing each item were in French. I didn't get the audio tour so missed out on learning about the various pieces.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Paris 1900 is a worthwhile exhibit and worth a visit at this museum, never crowded and very short lines. Across the street the Palais there is an excellent Mapplethorpe exhibit with 200 photographs.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Aside from organizing superb exhibitions that noone else in Paris would put on or fund, the permanent collection of the Petit Palais contains many gems linked to a better awareness of nineteenth century creativity. There are huge paintings properly show; there is furniture by Rupert Carabin that is both symbolic and a tour de force of handling materials. This museum... More

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Maputo, Mozambique
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The Petit Palais is a historic building and museum of fine art located on the Champs Élysées area in Paris. The building is part of a monumental complex that includes the Grand Palais and the Pont Alexandre III. The exterior appearance of the building is beautiful with decorative iron elements in the entrance gate as well on the stairs. The... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

Lovely spot, just opposite the Gran Palais. It's free, however, unusual in this expensive city, and certainly worth popping in if you're close by. Lovely building, inside and outside, and a nice cafe. Not crowded like some of the more famous museums, probably because the art collection is much inferior, but still a nice place to visit. There is sometimes... More

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Wuppertal, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I have been visiting paris for the past 15 years and never been to the Petit Palais. It is a beautiful museum to see and it is FREE!!!!!.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

What it would be to visit Paris and not to feel the full introspection of the beauties of french romantisme and impreossionism at the end of XIXth and beginning of XXth century? And one of the best sites for such task is for sure the Petit Palais, right across the Grand Palais. Built for the exposition 1900 (Exposition Universelle) as... More

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