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Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum

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Address: Av. Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 53 43 40 00
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Description: 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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FREE perm exhibit section & beautiful garden

Highly recomm this museum which is not as well known, and thus less crowded. It has grand architecture (peristyle, courtyard garden - cherry blossoms in mid March), an extensive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Highly recomm this museum which is not as well known, and thus less crowded. It has grand architecture (peristyle, courtyard garden - cherry blossoms in mid March), an extensive permanent collection that's FREE to tour, & a pleasant cafe around the garden. There are also 1-2 special exhibits by admission. We did not have enough time or energy to even... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

It is always interesting to see the exhibitions that are shown there. The location is in a nice area where it is nice to walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We went here with some friends. Absolutely a beautiful building. The garden in the center is wonderful and said to be historically acurate. We were lucky to have a sunny day. The permanent collection was very interesting and worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The gardens are spectacular, the art collection fascinating and the building is elegant. What a treat!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

After walking all the way down the Champs Elysee, we stopped in the Petit Palais as the building is beautiful. The reviews say that this museum has what some French consider to be "second rate" art, remember that they are comparing this to the Louvre, the Orangerie, and others. In most other cities in the world, this would be better... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We visited here in October 2013. We had seen most of the attractions in Paris in a previous trip 2 years earlier so decided to concentrate on some of the lesser visited sights this time. This is a really eclectic collection of paintings, china, artifacts and we found it to be really excellent. It was not crowded like most of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Free! Art Nouveau. Painted ceilings - decorative murals - both inside and along the garden peristyle. Mosaics. Absolutely beautiful wrought iron staircase. Wonderful cafe for lunch. And did I say that this was all Free? Located just off the Champs-Elysees and across from the Grand Palais. The front gate entrance into the museum is worth the visit. It is functional... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

It is the second time we visited....much smaller scale and lower profile compared to the biggies. Nice to do the leisurely visit. The palace itself is nice to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I sometimes find the scale of museums such as the Louvre intimidating and the Petit Palais was a great antidote to that. Just 2 floors but covering art (including painting sculpture, jewellery and furniture) from antiquities to Art Nouveau and with some well known artists works too. Entrance is free, there are hardly any crowds, skip the Louvre and come... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Having endured a nightmarish visit to the Louvre the day before, with a two and a half hour wait in freezing rain, our faith in Paris was restored by this chance visit. We had intended to visit the Grand Palais opposite, but finding it closed crossed the road and chanced upon this real gem. The building is light and airy,... More 

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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.