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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, peaceful museum

So glad we visited this museum. It is a beautiful building, and once inside we could appreciate the architecture up close. So many different things to see, and a walk in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

So glad we visited this museum. It is a beautiful building, and once inside we could appreciate the architecture up close. So many different things to see, and a walk in the garden revealed even more sculptures. Even though there was no charge for admission, the Petit Palais was not crowded. I noticed a café in the garden, but did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This Museum is free and has a wonderful collection. The architecture is beautiful- there's a lovely garden and a cafe you eat in by the garden. Not so crowded as some of the other Museums which is nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

One of a few places in Paris where it is free to get in, if only for the permanent exhibitions. Great classic french glassware and pottery and some fabulous paintings and sculptures to view in unhurried surroundings. An absolute delight to wander around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

What a fabulous discovery the Petit Palais was. It was not an attraction that we had planned on but they has some of the very best examples of a wide range of artworks on display. The building itself is also a marvel of decorative stone architecture. Close by is the statue of Winston Churchill....lots of selfies taken with that one... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The building is a beauty, but the free museum inside leaves a bit to be desired. I was over there and had some free time, so I went in. While some pieces were interesting, I would not go out of your way to stop there - only if you have some extra time.

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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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