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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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  • Very glad we followed the advice on TA about this museum,well worth a couple of hours especially as it's free entrance .Beautiful building (the entrance hall is stunning alone) and although quite a sm...  more »
  • Honestly, I only stopped in because it was free entry, and I was looking for a restroom before venturing down the Champs Elysees. I'm so glad I stopped in here - the architecture inside and outside is...  more »
  • Just in front of the Grand Palais, maybe it is overshadowed by it, but the visit is worth by itself. The art collection may not be as good and complete as other Paris museums, but the beatiful archite...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Absolutely adored the tartar here! Very nesly decorated. Loved the bar
  • Wonderful architecture with an inner garden, modern equipment for conferences in historical place. Excellent.
  • Entrance is free. It is worth a visit if you lie antique furniture and stuff.