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Reviewed April 27, 2019

The building is wonderful with monumental architecture and a hidden garden in the middle of Paris! Great sculpture and some wonderful paintings! Definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: April 2019
2  Thank Excursion814890
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Reviewed April 26, 2019

As an architecture buff, I make it a point to visit this building on most of my Paris stays. I never tire of its Beaux-Arts style and always seem to find at least one new detail that I had not noticed before. Built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, it displays a series of wide steps that lead to a big arched central entrance flanked by two wings. These bring in much light from tall windows, framed by columns. Exterior decorations include statues. Inside, design elements include some mosaic floors, statues, murals and a very high ceiling in the long, spacious corridor that connects the two wings.

Now the home of the City of Paris Fine Arts Museum, the building offers galleries on two floors with works running the gamut from antiquity to 20th century. Painters represented include Rembrandt and Monet. I consider the rooms to be nicely curated and worth a walk through, though the collection is not in the top tier of what is available to see in Paris. There is no admission charge to view the permanent collection nor to enter the building. There is a charge, however, to attend a temporary exhibition here. I have gone to many and they have all been topnotch. In addition to galleries, the lower level also has a nice bookshop and gift shop.

On my visits, I often stop at the garden cafe, located by the building's lovely courtyard. Seating is available inside and outside in a beautiful garden with water features. The cafe offers light fare at reasonable prices and decent coffee. Consider a respite stop here when exploring this area of Paris.

Places worth seeing nearby include the exterior of the monumental Grand Palais across the street, gorgeous Pont Alexandre III, the River Seine, Champs des Elysees and Place de la Concorde. The Petit Palais is easily reached via metro lines 1 and 13, Champs-Elysees Clemenceau stop.

Date of experience: March 2019
5  Thank Rumples
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Reviewed April 8, 2019

The museum is opposite Grand Palais and also walking distance to the magnificent Pont Alexandre III bridge.
Entrance to the permanent collection was free. There is a variety of artworks ranging from painting to sculptures.

The cafe was closed for renovation during my visit, but the garden was a beautiful place to just relax and enjoy the nice weather.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Deevahn
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Reviewed April 5, 2019

A small, moving collection of impressionists, statues and great architecture combine to make this a worthy stop. Of course go to the Orsay and the Marmotten (first?) but when you need a palette cleanser, so to speak, drop by here for an hour. In sunny months to central garden has quiet tables and great architectural views, and the icon offerings are limited but outstanding. Not the first stop, but worth a stop, for some peace and inspiration.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed April 1, 2019

Whenever I am in Paris I come here because the building is so beautiful and the permanent collection is so memorable. Good cafe for a rest. And they often have special expos (for a fee) that are excellent.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Thomas V
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