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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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Lovely Little Laidback Museum

This beautiful Art Nouveau building houses a nice little art collection including paintings, sculptures and even a few ancient artefacts. If you have already been to the Louvre... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This beautiful Art Nouveau building houses a nice little art collection including paintings, sculptures and even a few ancient artefacts. If you have already been to the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay, it is worth a visit and admission is free to the permanent collection. The museum was far from crowded when we visited. There is also a lovely garden and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This concrete building is Opposite the Grand Palais, it is an Art Museum with a grand entrance Steel gate painted in Gold. Many steps before entering building. Was crowded but worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

On my eighth and most recent trip to Paris, I finally discovered Le Petit Palais. A wonderful, small museum with an excellent permanent collection which is free, and, while I was there, several special exhibits, one of which was a wonderful one about the Opera Comique centering on works From Carmen to Melisande. I had lunch in the Garden Cafe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This "little palace" resembles the Grand Palace across the street. Another very beautiful building with Ionic columns and a dome. Inside, the Musee des Beaux-Arts showcases medieval and renaissance art, furniture from 18th century and a beautiful collection of paintings. The trifecta in this area: Grand Palais, Petit Palais and Pont Alexandre III.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Definitely one of the lesser visited museums. Worth a visit... very pretty. Terrific cafe overlooking gorgeous interior gardens.

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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

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

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

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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Champs-Elysees
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.