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Petit Palais, Paris

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Art Museum
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. Plan your Petit Palais visit and explore what else you can see and do in Paris using our Paris vacation generator.
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  • From ancient to recent times, everything is mentioned in this free Museum! The collection of icons is splendid, in fact everything is beautiful.
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  • High ceilings, very airy. Painting in Monet's sunset and what a damn awesome. While overlooking the gardens where you will find cafés and fashionable. Many people don't look relaxed. Orsay and orangerie are close, so we stopped in.
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  • Built for the 1900 Great Exhibition, this is a dedicated exhibition space which simmers with light. The exhibits are all beautifully presented and carefully chosen. Really gave a feel for the life and...  more »
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  • Amazing space across from the Grande Palais, a nice number of different artworks to view in a quiet airy atmosphere with a central garden and a tea shop. When we visited there was no admission charge, yet there wasn't the mass of people that are in most other galleries. A very relaxing and interesting place to go and take in some culture.
  • OK let me be honest . I come here every time I visit Paris and let my family view the art and museum whilst I head over to the cafe in the central courtyard and enjoy a nice inexpensive bottle of wine. This has to be one of the best kept secrets away from the crowds of Paris to sit, relax and have a moment.
  • I love that it's free yet the collection is nice. You could finish it within an hour or so. I didn't have a chance to enjoy the cafe but it seems to have pricey food with a nice view quiet location. Will be a lovely get away.
  • Unlike the name the museum is rather grand. The permanant exhibitions are free to access and are wortj the visit. The collections range from 18th century paintings to ancient greek items.
  • The food inn the cafe insides it's amazing, the wine it's pretty descent and the macaroons too! Really good meal for their price