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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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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Free, plus wonderful art

You should give this place a visit, it's just across the street from their larger museum, yet this is more approachable. Very nice permanent collection, and a nice place to sit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Salida, Co. USA

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Salida, Co. USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You should give this place a visit, it's just across the street from their larger museum, yet this is more approachable. Very nice permanent collection, and a nice place to sit and sip tea. Check it out, Salida1048

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Rijeka, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The building was created together with Grand Palais for a 1900 Exhibition. It houses the Museum of Fine Arts with a fine collection of exhibits. The building, designed by Charles Girault, is much more intimate than its Grand neighbor. It has a trapezoid shape with its large side facing the Grand Palais and a very nice courtyard in the center... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed my visit to this museum, it is a museum located in Palace and the building is magnificant.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I think its more majestic than its big sister Grand Palais. The entrance is beautiful and the interior design is spectacular.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were on our way to the Grand Palais, however entry only seemed to be possible if you booked for an exhibition. So, on the advice of many a Tripadviser adviser we went to the free Petit Palais instead. It is a beautiful gallery and situated by the Seine. There is a lovely cafe on the garden. Highly recommended.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful venue, beautiful permanent collection well placed and easy to appreciate. Gorgeous gardens in the courtyard

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unlike the Grand Palais which is basically a huge exhibition space within a structure that is very similar to the Eiffel Tower, the Petit Palais is indeed built like a palace, the facade is lavish and so are the interiors all in stone, marble and bronze. It has a very good restaurant café that works very well if you are... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The permanent exhibition is free of charge. It includes Greek amphoras, Roman sculptures, Gothic art, Renaissance paintings, Baroque paintings, Romanticism paintings,Impressionist paintings, etc. There are two levels in the building, the ground floor and the lower level. The ground floor mainly exhibits paintings of the19th century, while the lower level displays older ones. All the explanations are in French. If... More 

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Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is free to the public except for special exhibitions. The collection is not huge but includes beautiful pieces of sculpture, ceramics, paintings and even some clothing. Its definitely worth visiting.If you want to visit the special exhibits they have there is a charge. The building itself is quite beautiful.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived to find quite a queue waiting to enter, however, one of the staff went along the queue asking if anyone was wanting to visit only the regular collection, which we did. She removed us from the queue and enabled our speedy entrance which by the way is free (and a rarity in Paris). There are some beautiful pieces... More 

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