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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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Quiet, less crowd

Loved the toilet here. Queue was much more shorter than Grand Palais. Took a rest here as i brought my 18 months old baby along, benches are everywhere in the buildings. Great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Loved the toilet here. Queue was much more shorter than Grand Palais. Took a rest here as i brought my 18 months old baby along, benches are everywhere in the buildings. Great arts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We visited the Petit Palais on the day that the Tour de France was finishing a hundred metres away. Nevertheless it was an oasis of calm, and a real surprise. Its collection is diverse and of a very high standard, although it's a little hard to see the rationale of how it was put together. Mediaeval eastern icons rub shoulders... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A fascinating collection of art and artefacts in a wonderful building with a stunning courtyard and gardens in the middle of the building. Entry is free and it is a perfect place to pop into for a hour or two of high culture. They even have a curated collection of art in the cafe! However, there is no signage WHATSOEVER... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Well worth the visit. The paintings are exquisite some really famous ones inside, surprisingly with free entrance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited in the afternoon after a couple of other museums. It was quiet and we appreciated the break from the crowds. Admittedly, I do not know alot about art but I enjoyed their collections and found it accessible even to an art novice. The gates outside were absolutely glowing in the afternoon sun at closing time and it was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Heard about this place from a tour guide. It came in handy as we were in desperate need of a toilet. As entrance was free we zipped in and to our surprise found a fabulous collection of art. It is almost only in French though I did see something about headsets. It has a cafe which I was told was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Directly opposite the Grand Palais, this is a must for any art lover or tourist. With a simple lay-out and art from lesser-known names, this is a perfect introduction in to Parisian life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The Petit Palace is one of the wonderful buildings, which were buitl for the world exhibition 1900 in Paris. Not only from outside, but inside is also very attractive. The small collection of the CIty of Paris is very well put together. There are some really great art works. This is one of the must visits!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

First of all, it's free to get in. The restrooms are very nice and there are lots of places to sit. Oh yeah, the art is worth seeing as well. I especially liked the Emile Galle glass pieces, but there are beautiful paintings and sculptures from perhaps 500 years. There are things by Delacroix, Boucher, and Fragonard among many others.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Interesting pieces, small selection, free! Check downstairs - perhaps too much emphasis on medieval art, and not a lot of context, but a nice experience.

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Address: Av. Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 53 43 40 00
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Champs-Elysees
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Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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