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Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum

Av. Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris, France (Champs-Élysées)
+33 1 53 43 40 00
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Ranked #39 of 636 Attractions 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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Chicago, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I must have walked pass the Petit Palais many times. There are so many magnificent buildings that most of us rush last on the way to the Louvre or D'Orsay or L Orangerie.... Thus is one of those smaller treasures. There was a magnificent Baccarat Crystal exhibit that I would have missed! It is a lovely but not huge building... More 

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Mechelen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We wanted to visit an art exhibition in the Grand Palais but there was a very long line of people waiting to get in. So we crossed the street and went to a place we visit with pleasure each time we are in Paris: Le Petit Palais. This palace has the most monumental entrance you can imagine (and this is... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The Baccarat exposition is a must see. It is Beautifully organized with wonderful pieces. A must see for everyone. Buy tickets online in order to skip lines.

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Valletta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We were glad we managed to visit Musuem, besides having a very good permanent exhibition, we managed to see the Expo Baccarat, very interesting, amazing, and such a pleasure to be able to see such workmanship.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you've done all the big attractions and want to escape from the crowds and queues, do yourself a favour and visit the Petit Palais. It’s just a short walk from the Champs Elysees next to its bigger sibling, Le Grand Palais. It’s a relatively small museum housing some exceptionally beautiful examples of fine arts. The architecture alone is worth... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We were walking around the back Nov 11, and surprisingly saw that it was open and the building inside décor looked interesting. It was just a fascinating walk through the art by many masters but also artefacts. It was not just painting but included glassworks, sculptures, jewelry, etc. It is well worth the time, an impressive museum. Check out the... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Loved wandering this place :) I have also visited to see the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit in 2010 as well!!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Currently, there is an exhibit of Baccarat glass from the early 19th century to the present at the Petit Palais. It costs 11 Euros and is well worth the price. The show is arranged temporally and shows Baccarat glass from international expositions beginning in the early 19th century and ending in the 20th. The pieces range from delicately decorated champagne... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Our main interest was the building itself, built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition. It is fabulous and over-the-top and well worth the visit on its own. Admission is free to the permanent collections. The art collection is extensive and interesting enough, though only a few first-rate pieces. We went during an interim period when they were installing a new exhibition... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We went to this museum to see the 16th and 17th century pictures. The signage to direct visitors around the museum is practically non-existent, and items seem to be arranged by esthetic theme rather than chronologically. A museum with great items when you find them that is almost completely ruined by poor curation.

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