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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. 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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  • August 15, 2017
    We passed in front of c is a beautiful building and in front there is the beautiful grand Palace also
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  • August 10, 2017
    Everybody knows the Louvre, now Orsay, and also Pompidou center, or new extraordinary Quai Branly ... But who can say he knows that museum? Though its collections are wonderful. Large, not crowdy, ple...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    During the month of August there is an interesting variety of artists exhibition and it is free.
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  • August 14, 2017
    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!!!!
  • July 3, 2017
    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.
  • July 29, 2017
    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.
  • August 6, 2017
    Stunning architecture and all round beautiful place that one must visit. However if you're looking to see famous works of major artists then the Louvre or Musé D'Orsay are where you need to be. Free entry here on most days unless there's a special exhibit.
  • July 11, 2017
    DOV:31Aug2006 Its a great museum in Paris where many artistic festivals and concerts take place. Beautifully made structure which is unique to watch. Its at a walking distance from Eiffel too.

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