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Petit Palais, Paris

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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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  • We saw to great special exhibitions and enjoyed a quick lunch at the café in the garden. The permanent collections is worth going to see(entry is free for the regular collection). Only disappointment ...  more »
  • Serendipity brought me here. There is nothing 'petit' other than name. This is a gem of French art with grand paintings the size of which bogle the mind, there are some fine sculptures as well. It is ...  more »
  • On the last day of Fashion Week, we squeezed through the crowds around the Grand Palais en route to the Petit Palais to see the exhibit of pastels "From Dégas to Redon." Also on exhibit were beautiful...  more »
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  • The main building is FREE TO ENTER. I have no idea how, but it is. A masterpiece of beautiful architecture, housing some of the most lovely examples of ancient to Art Nouveau design - I couldn't believe it. Go out into the little circular garden and enjoy the painted arches there and golden angels on the roof. JUST GO. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!!!
  • Very nice collection. Museum is free. You'll get to see a bit of everything if you go there. Would definitely recommend.
  • Stumbled across this place while out walking. It is a lovely art gallery with free entry and the building is beautiful. The cafe has a nice outlook over a garden and is surprisingly cheap.
  • Great place to relax and enrich your soul with art and history. Incredible temporary exhibitions
  • Probably quite well known, but I never knew this place existed until recently. Some gorgeous works of art in here, though not as large as a the Louvre. Still worth visiting as it seems to be an overflow to an extent.

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