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Petit Palais, Paris

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#12 of 142 in Museums in Paris
Built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, Petit Palais now houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts in its two large exhibition halls. The galleries each have a theme: one depicts old Paris and the other symbolizes 20th-century Paris. The ceilings of the two pavilions are ornately painted to reflect the intellectual currents of the time, and many floors were painstakingly covered with marble mosaics by the Italian artist Facchina. Arrange to visit Petit Palais and other attractions in Paris using our Paris tour itinerary planner .
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  • The Dutch in Paris and the art of pastel are two great exhibitions in this beautiful building in Paris. But why spoil everything by a terrible organization! The Museum opened at 10:05 instead of 10:00! Waiting 20 minutes out in the cold, the snow while we had paid tickets fast! The French administration in all its glory!
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  • This Cafe is recommended is visited and heard. And blooming cherry trees is early in the courtyard facing the beautifully trimmed. Enjoyed the set of desserts and drinks in the Café. Guests can enjoy free of charge many exhibits with abundant space and ceiling painting is simultaneously and visit the permanent exhibition was the very. Exhibitions, Café should have to buy tickets for special exhibitions and to enter the column, but not required.
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  • A beautiful exhibition on the Dutch in paris in this wonderful building in front of the grand Palace. I went specifically for Van Dongen and I am not disappointed.
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  • I loved that on a busy day in cold December, there were no lines to get in and that the place was not packed with noisy students. The gardens are small, but lovely. The Cafe has normal prices and a delicious selection of snacks. And the permanent collection is diverse and engaging. I enjoyed the religious art section (objects from Ethiopia and Greece especially). I would recommend a stop if only to admire the building that was built for Expo 1900.
  • A lovely building and garden with interesting exhibits which are free (didn't try the paid-for special exhibitions). No queue to get in (on a rainy day in March), though there was a fairly long queue at the cafe. Highly recommended!
  • An absolutely lovely art museum. When all other museums in Paris are packed this one is refreshingly not crowded. A hidden gem in my opinion. The building itself would be worth it, but the art housed here is very nice as well. And it’s free!
  • Beautiful paintings and a pretty small calm garden inside. Very popular café with a long line, even a queue outside for 20 minutes. They also have paid collections. The visit of the free exhibitions should take at least half an hour if you are in a hurry, if you do the paid one as well you can easily spend two hours in there
  • We went there wanting to see a temporary expo but the queue was so long we decided to have a look at the permanent one, which is for free and very nice! The building itself is worth a visit but the paintings, sculptures etc. Were wonderful! I recommend it to all art lovers
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