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“Beautiful building, and free admission”

Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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“Beautiful building, and free admission”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

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.

Visited January 2013
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“A great museum - with no lines”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

You can either pay and fight the crowds at one of the big three museums, or you can have for free, and largely to yourself, the terrific collection in this beautiful museum. The other places may have more, but unless you are a true glutton, Le Petit Palais has more than enough to satisfy your appetitle. And while many of the works are by lesser known artists, the quality is very fine. We've been to the Louvre, and would have gone back on this trip, but heard the crowds were especially bad this week, and so took the path of less resistance. We hadn't been to the PP before, but were thrilled that we decided to see it this time.

Visited December 2012
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“If you have the time, then go”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

I enjoyed the visit, as it was my third time in Paris. Wish it'd been Spring as the garden/patio would have been magnificent, then it would have been worthier of a higher rating. As far as the museum goes, not much to rave about; however, the palais, is indeed wonderful.

Visited December 2012
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“Not to be overlooked!”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

The Petit Palais has some wonderful things going for it. Firstly, it houses art of many masters. True, it's a smaller permanent collection than the Louvre or d'Orsay, but the pieces are powerfully emotional and unique. Second, it's free admission for the permanent collection. Third, it is surprisingly substantially less crowded than the Grand Palais allowing for a more peaceful visit. Fourth, it offers free, clean and comfortable restrooms on the lower level (not something that's always easy to find in Paris). Don't miss out on the courtyard as the art outside is also lovely. All in all, it's an hour or two to visit and certainly worthwhile. Enjoy!

Visited December 2012
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“Petit Palais: a must see inParis”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

The old building is already special from outside. It is built in 1900 for the world-exhibition, together with the Grand Palais, across the street. The great hall is impressive. When you only want to visit the permanent collection there is no fee in this musem. Still you can visit almost all the rooms. Also the inner court is beautifull.

Visited November 2012
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