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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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  • Very beautiful exhibition on Dutch painters and their Parisian friends. Detailed explanations of each artist and each painter with a personal room make this exhibition a very nice visit. The small Palace, has a free permanent exhibition.
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  • Although we did not initially expect to visit it, both the art collections and the building of the Petit Palais left us very impressed.  more »
  • A very beautiful especially the collection of Van Gogh Exhibition. We can easily see that Paris was a center of cultural and artistic world in the centuries. Great time and exposure is very well organized.
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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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