Although I've been to Paris many times, I hadn't visited the Petit Palais until my most recent trip last week. The building itself was beautiful, and it was nice that the museum was free, but I didn't find it as interesting as many of the other museums in Paris. I would say that if you have been to Paris many times and are looking for something new to do, it won't hurt to go because it is free and there are some beautiful paintings by Monet, Sisley, etc, but I wouldn't recommend making a special visit if it is your first time to Paris.
If anything, visit the Petit Palais to see the notable painters' paintings and the spectacular interior of the building.
Side note: there is a cafe in the museum that I ate at because it was convenient, but I wouldn't say it was the best meal I'd had (not surprisingly)! By the time I went (around 2-3--so yes it was a little on the late side) they were sold out of most of the lunch options which was unfortunate.
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