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Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum

Address: Av. Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris, France (Champs-Elysees)
Phone Number: +33 1 53 43 40 00
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Ranked #59 of 1,108 things to do in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art museums, Museums
Owner description: Built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition and completely renovated in...
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Type: Art museums, Museums
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.
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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Free entrance for the art works permanently kept in the palace. Time to time they organize several exhibitions (which are paid). Very old antique art works are places, including paintings. Not much to see rather. If you are in Paris for a short visit,it's not worth visiting as per my opinion.

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This is an exhibition you can skip and which should not have taken place to begin with. Vaguely based on the representation of vices in 17th century Rome,the show presents depiction of drinking,gambling and violence. Yet it appears pointless with mostly mediocre works,it should be labelled bottom of the barrel. It is also very small,cramped,deliberately poorly lit with dark canvases... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We visited the Petit Palais again, this time for the Paris 1900 Exhibition in 2014 and it was wonderful. The permanent collection is a must anytime; but, if there is a temporary showing, the curators and art experts employed by this museum certainly know how to display works of art to their advantage and to append informative signage. Always get... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Free entrance and no queue is reason enough to visite - and on top of that you get quite a few wonderful art pieces. The collection is really very good and the building itself has been very carefully renovated. The atrium garden is a real gem with nice frescoes as well. The cafe is a cosy place to have a... More 

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Outside there was an billboard advertising the restaurant, plus a large sign publicising an exhibition due to start in ten days' time. We almost didn't bother to go in. Despite frequent visits to Paris, we had no idea that there was an outstanding permanent collection here. The building is superb and has been beautifully renovated. It is filled with natural... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The Petit Palais proved to be one of the best parts of a visit to Paris. While it is located right off l'Avenue des Champs-Élysées, it somehow feels off the beaten path. This phenomenally beautiful building houses a vast collection of works that spans many centuries, and it may all be enjoyed without the crowds that frequent most other museums--and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Beautiful place to visit and enjoyed the quiet time because not a lot of people go there. Nice souvenir shop and lovely cafe. The garden inside is beautiful :-)

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

From the Greek art centuries before Christ until late 1900's. Lots of master pieces, even a Monet, huge place, no queues and its free. A lot of breathtaking artworks. A must to-do in Paris.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Great place to visit with free entry on Thursday - fresh renovated - cafe inside - beautiful building itself - great collection of arts from different centuries

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The entrance alone tells you, you are about to see something incredible, the massive hold doors to an entrance of Eden as such... Incredible... That's the only word I have, a must see :)

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