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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 came as part of our sightseeing tour across Paris. A wonderful palace, well maintained (at least partially). Please plan for plenty of time to see lots of the interior. Is this a helpful...  more »
  • It's free to enter here to view a great permanent collection of art treasures donated to the city. You do have to pay for special expos which are often quite good. It's a beautiful building with a.....  more »
  • There's this almost juvenile obsession with T&A (at least the entrance was free) so I skipped that as much as I could. I came across some Russian wood paintings of the Madonna and Child, as well as...  more »
  • It’s a must see while in Paris. I didn’t expect a lot from this museum after going to the big ones already. If you can only go to one museum in Paris, this is the one to visit if you like Realism art. It has some amazing pieces from several Dutch artist.
  • An amazing building with great architecture. The collections contain some beautiful paintings and statues even if you're not that into art like me. For free it's definitely worth a visit - there are so few free museums open in Paris currently making it a city that wants to take your money left, right and centre. Well done for having a beautiful museum for free, hopefully Paris can follow in London's footsteps and offer most of its museums for free.
  • I'm aware how skewed of an opinion this is but this place is more enjoyable than the Louvre! Obviously there aren't as many famous paintings or sculptures on display (a majority are the plaster moulds of their metal castings) but the atmosphere is more peaceful and less hectic than the Louvre. You can observe and appreciate each artwork the way it was intended. And to top it off, the cafe and restaurant here are absolute gems. Gorgeous food and welcoming staff
  • Lovely little palace! I went to this museum on a beautiful sunny day and was able to enjoy a drink in the garden. The "Paris Romantique" exhibition was really good! One of the best ways to get a real feel for life in Paris during this period, 1815-1848...
  • My boyfriend and I came here because we couldn’t get tickets to the Louvre. Loved this place because it was 1. Free, 2. Not crowded with tourists, 3. Had a great collection. The medieval objects and artwork collection was great. There is Monte and Rembrandt in the paining collection so you can see some very nice pieces. The cafe has a great interior courtyard which is quiet and protects from the noise of the city. Tip: go early, by the time we left around 11 there were a lot more groups arriving.

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