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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 #37 of 632 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I went the Petit Palais mainly to see the Baccarat exhibition and afterwards became engrossed in the permanent collections of the museum as well as the striking architecture. Baccarat, the famous glass and crystal company, was founded in 1764 and so to celebrate their 250th anniversary they have put on this wonderful retrospective through 4 January, 2015. It’s a stunning... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

In most places, this would not be considered "petite", but compared to it's counterpart across the street (the grand palais) it is considerably smaller. Lovely place to stop and take photos.

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Zagreb County, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Entrance for free; glace exhibition marvellous; little cafe with cookies even garden inside was from different time

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Be sure to have a look at this museum's facade even if you aren't able to take a tour. (It's hard to believe that there's no admission fee.) The Petit Palais is a strikingly beautiful building by any standard. It's a shame that the weather was so uncooperative for photography during our visit, but I did manage to get several... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Hello Travellers, in Paris the word small or petit dosnt exist, everything is big or huge, and this one is no exception it has some fine art, sculpture and beatiful gardens and in front you have the Grand Palais, and the Alexander Bridge, and of course the Champs Elisees. Here you have a group af monumentos that you must see.

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