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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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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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I had thought, between the Arc de Triomphe and the Army Museum, that we would just wander by the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais. But, we were drawn in to the Petit Palais and... read more

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had thought, between the Arc de Triomphe and the Army Museum, that we would just wander by the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais. But, we were drawn in to the Petit Palais and it was charming. No queue to speak of, beautiful collection, lovely cafe set near the garden. Worth a stop!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is certainly a very relaxing ambience and it is a pleasant surprise that entrance is free for the permanent collections. The place is beautiful with the murals on the ceiling and I simply love the beautiful sculptures in the building. It is very laid back compared to Louvre but this is one of the reasons why I simply enjoyed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We came here on a rainy day and enjoyed our visit. There were some great work of art on a display. You can see the pictures at: travel4foodnart

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Directly across the street from the Grand Palais, it's certainly worth a look if you are in the area. It's more or less on a straight line between the Arc and the Louvre, so you will likely be walking close by anyway.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good collection of art. Excellent choice for coffee on a sunny Sunday. Nice and ... Free entrance! Enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one of the most beautiful public buildings in the world and it houses an encyclopedic collection of art from ancient Greece to Paris in 1900. The highlights are on the first floor with the massive paintings for 19th century Paris, the incredible ceilings with elaborate stuccowork around large vignettes and the objets d'art. Downstairs is more specialized, with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband is usually the "15 minutes in a museum man." Not this time. The Petit Palais is just huge with soaring ceilings and plenty of natural light streaming in from its tall windows. The collection is huge and we were there for an excellent special exhibit so watch for these too. We both constantly found pieces we liked and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This free museum hosts a pleasant selection of art work from paintings to sculpture. There is plenty to look at and a cafe in the quaint enclosed garden. Also it's free so well worth a visit if you have the time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

i loved it that much that I visited 3 times to see everything in there. loved the architecture and especially the garden

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautifful beaux art building with a delightful central courtyard. Permanent collection is exceptional with Louvre worthy art....free entry. Lower level has numerous recreated rooms of different periods and sculpture ranging from medieval to late 19th century. Very nice small resto/cafe on premises. Temporary shows are subject to an entry fee. Great view from the entry stairs of the Pont Alexandre... More 

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