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Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum

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Address: Av. Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 53 43 40 00
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition and completely renovated in 2005,...

Built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition and completely renovated in 2005, the Petit Palais offers an artistic panorama from antiquity through the 20th century: ancient and medieval collections, precious art objects from the French and Italian Renaissance, Flemish and Dutch paintings (Dutuit bequest), icons (Cabal bequest), 18th century work (Tuck donation), French paintings and sculptures from the 19th century - Courbet, Carpeaux, Cezanne, Vuillard - and Art Nouveau creations.

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Matisse, Picasso

Not many people, some really beautiful art work...and it's free! Wonderful lay out to really observe and enjoy the works. Galle glass was on display as well. Breath taking.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Much to my shame I did not realise that Oscar Wilde spoke French, although I didn't find out why or how. The dark colours mean the plaques are hard to read, which is a great shame. It is interesting to see Wilde's work in context with art and other writers of his period.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not many people, some really beautiful art work...and it's free! Wonderful lay out to really observe and enjoy the works. Galle glass was on display as well. Breath taking.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Would have liked to go inside, however after spending 30 minutes queuing in the wind/rain/cold I was told my backpack was too large. Even though I had seen others with similar sized backpacks let in earlier. Said backpack was not big and not obtrusive in any way shape or form. Your loss petit palais 😥

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went along to see the Oscar Wilde exhibition, standing waiting over an hour to get in. I had been unaware that pre-booking was possible to cut waiting time. The exhibition itself was very good, but very cramped - more space could have been given to better appreciate the exhibits, especially the paintings and photographs. There were some exhibits I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is easy to get around. The exhibitions change regularly, so there is always something new to see. Perhaps the greatest attraction is the building itself. It gives you a majestic sensation. We've been to this museum four times (the last in May) and found it different and pleasant each time we've gone. Granted, this is not as well-known... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The building itself is amazing. And there's always a great exhibition to discover. Only problem, when there is a new exhibition, get ready to make a line, bring a warm coat if is during the winter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is great depending on what the special exhibition is. Much like the grande play across the street it changes all the time. Check online what's on and if it interests you go. Spectacular building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While the art here is not as famous as other Paris museums, the size is manageable and it's less crowded. Though the collection is wonderful, it is not as impressive as the architecture itself. There's a wonderful courtyard garden where you can bring or buy a lunch and sit on a bench in the colonnade and gaze at the palms.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beautiful architectural display houses an elaborate museum. We had Museum Passes that were not acceptable for the special Oscar Wilde Exhibit. We stood in line 2 hours. The exhibit was disappointing as there were documents, books, and a few photos. If you are keen on museums, you may enjoy this museum more than we did.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's always worth popping in here as displays revolve, and it gives a quiet break from the rush outside. The building and architecture and history in itself is interesting and pleasing to the eye and mind.

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