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“Not taking a detour while walking/shopping on Champs-Élysées would be a sin”

Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum
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2-Hour Private Paris Champs-Élysées Walking Tour
Ranked #47 of 2,256 things to do in Paris
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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.
Reviewed July 8, 2017

We liked it much more than the Grand Palais directly on the other side of Avenue Winston Churchill. Great architecture, often simply walked by. I very much regret that our tight schedule did not allow us to explore the interior in detail - but we will be back.

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Reviewed July 4, 2017

La Belle Époque was that exuberant period between 1870 and WW I when the world was at peace, art flourished, economic prospects appeared bright.

By the time Petit Palais was built, Baron Haussmann had transformed the old city of Paris - although he was fired by Emperor Napoleon III IN 1860, his city plan of grand boulevards, slum clearance and public work was used to a considerable degree. The 1889 world's Fair in Paris had introduced the country's triumphs in engineering, science and Much more. More than 32 million attended.

The Petite Palais and its companion, the Grand Palais were built for the 1900 World's Fair, aka Exposition Universelle which drew an estimated 48 million. At the conclusion, both the large Palais and Small Palais become Museums, both capable of large art exhibits.

The two stand opposite on Avenue Winston Churchill. A 10 foot Bronze statue of Churchill stands on the grounds of the Petite Palace.

In 2014, the Petite Palais hosted a revival of the 1900 Arts Exhibition that provided great insight into,the era.

Today, whatever the exhibit, the Petite Palais itself is a star, its exterior and interior serving as premier examples of Beaux Arts Architecture then at its peak.

Observe the Pont Alexandre III, the Seine Bridge that feeds traffic into the Avenue Winston Churchill.

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Reviewed July 4, 2017

This little palais sits mirroring its grand sister the larger palais, it is worth pausing for a meal in the interior courtyard. It is free to enter, the architecture is stunning and the interior artworks beautiful, not to be missed. The exhibitions at the moment include lumiere and are worth paying for. Great for some serenity between the more daunting eye-sore sites in Paris' repertoire.

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Reviewed July 3, 2017

It may not be the Louve, but it has art in it, and some pretty good art at that. It's also free, which adds to the value of checking this place out. It isn't as large as the Louve, but it is still impressive and the building is also gorgeous.

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Reviewed June 25, 2017

The Petit Palais is probably overlooked by tourists eager to go to the Louvre or other museums, but this place is worth it. Admission is free and the collection does not disappoint. Furthermore, the building itself could stand as a piece of art.

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