Musee du Petit Palais, Avignon

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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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Musee du Petit Palais opened its doors in 1976 to showcase Renaissance-era paintings from Italy and the Avignon school of art. Examine artworks by Vittore Carpaccio, Carlo Crivelli, Benozzo Gozzoli, Raffaellino del Garbo, Lorenzo Monaco, Jacopo del Sellaio, Francesco Botticini, Enguerrand Quarton, and Josse Lieferinxe. The huge, majestic building is worth a look just for its architecture. With our online itinerary creator, Avignon attractions like Musee du Petit Palais can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The story behind the paintings in this museum's collection is incredible-and soap opera level dramatic. Basically, it involves a 19th century Roman art collector, his crimes of embezzlement, Napoleon....  more
    The story behind the paintings in this museum's collection is incredible-and soap opera level dramatic. Basically, it involves a 19th century Roman art collector, his crimes of embezzlement, Napoleon....  more »
  • Although this museum is free, most of the rooms/works of art were closed off. Thankfully I did get to see Botticelli’s Madonna & Child, but whereas I’d normally spend a good couple of hours in an art....  more
    Although this museum is free, most of the rooms/works of art were closed off. Thankfully I did get to see Botticelli’s Madonna & Child, but whereas I’d normally spend a good couple of hours in an art....  more »
  • An excellent exhibition of Italian (Siennese, Luccan, Pistoian, Florentine) gothic and early renaissance paintings along with a few outstanding medieval sculptures. Beautiful old ceilings in a few... 
    An excellent exhibition of Italian (Siennese, Luccan, Pistoian, Florentine) gothic and early renaissance paintings along with a few outstanding medieval sculptures. Beautiful old ceilings in a few...  more »
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  • Although this museum is free, most of the rooms/works of art were closed off. Thankfully I did get to see Botticelli’s Madonna & Child, but whereas I’d normally spend a good couple of hours in an art gallery, I was done in less than half an hour. I was also looking forward to enjoying a coffee in the courtyard, but the café was closed and it looked like they were renovating or getting rid of it!
  • Opening hours do not match the signs at the front OR the city map. When I visited, Tourist Information said the daily lunch break was from 1-2 (as per the city map). When I arrived, the museum advertised they were open non-stop until 7. However, by “open” they don’t mean you can see anything, as the galleries are closed for a staff lunch from 12-1. People visiting Avignon have limited time and should be able to plan their visits based on accurate information. Again, I visited at 12:15 and could not see any of the art. Waste of time.
  • Free entry was a surprise and most welcome, especially as many of the galleries were not open(that's why I didn't award it a 5). Some amazing and impressive medieval religious art here though. The 14th century building itself is historic too. Glad we went to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Would have appreciated some more English labels and explanatory boards in the rooms.
  • Opened in 1976, this FREE (yes apparently it’s free) wonderful museum that is located in the main square (at the side of the Palais des Papes) has fantastic collection of Renaissance paintings of Avignon. It’s a very easy and relaxing place so do take your time and just enjoy.
  • It’s free which is good because most of this museum is closed off

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