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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 #49 of 752 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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Vaucluse, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We stumbled across this on our walk and after trying to speak french to see if we had to pay and finally realising it was free, we wondered through the many corridors and enjoyed the vast collection of artwork. After a few hours we enjoyed ourselves to the cafe in the courtyard and had a beautiful hot chocolate and cake.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Amazing building and free permanent collection opposite the Grand Palais. Nice little cafe with outdoor seats.

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This special exhibition was very informative and entertaining. It's an in-depth look at the Paris in the art-deco era, embracing fashion, society, architecture and politics. Well worth a visit of 2-3 hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

An amazing building that hosts an impressive permanent collection. The line for the temporary exhibit was incredibly long, so I bypassed that in favor of visiting the main collection. It was extensive and included a very helpful brochure that walked me through the different rooms of art and antiquities. Almost all of the rooms also have a laminated sheet to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We loved the Paris 1900. which was, unfortunately, only a temporary exhibit! It was multimedia, beautiful and comprehensive, especially around the development of the Eiffel Tour and the world's fair.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We came to see the special exhibition on the Paris Expo 1900 and saw a bit of the permanent collection while we were there. The special exhibition was really interesting with a mixture of paintings, furniture, costumes, jewellery and porcelain from the period, along with some interesting material about the Expo itself. Le Petit Palais was built to house part... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Our first visit to the Petit Palaise . It was a very pleasant experience and well worth booking our tickets online to save queuing. The planning of the exhibition was excellent and it was an unforgettable visit. One is easily impressed by the architecture and purpose built for the 1900 Paris Exhibition. The quality of food and drink on offer... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If you like Delacroix, Monet, Sisley, Cezanne, Rembrandt and Rubens - you will find that and more at the Petit Palais. My wife and I went there to see the Paris 1900 exhibit but the lines were extremely long so we decided to just view the permanent collection and were quite pleased with all this museum had to offer. It... More

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My husband and I love to work visits to the Petit Palais into our Paris wanderings. Not only is it an excellent fine art museum, but it is well organized, and just the right size for a pleasant, but not overwhelming, visit. The building is drop-dead gorgeous. The garden encircled by the building is not to be missed, with its... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

If you are walking down the Champs Elysee and want to take a break, enter the Petit Palais a few steps off the famous boulevard at the Place Clemenceau. No admission charge, spacious building from the Paris 1900 Expo. Unremarkable art work, but with a nice garden and cafe a nice rest stop. Since April there has been a special... More

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