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Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum

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Address: Av. Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris, France
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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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The perfect place to take a break from the busy city

This beautiful museum has some amazing artworks, but the building itself is probably to most impressive. Enjoy the mosaic floors, the tranquil inner court, the staircases are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This beautiful museum has some amazing artworks, but the building itself is probably to most impressive. Enjoy the mosaic floors, the tranquil inner court, the staircases are works of art themselves. Find the quiet cafe/restaurant for a light meal or a drink and recharge your batteries before heading out into the noise of the city again!

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If there is a giant queue in front of the Grand Palais entrance I would definitely recommend to go across the street and visit Petit Palais instead. The collection of the museum contains very nice pieces of art and the building itself is worth visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to this museum specifically to see the Oscar Wilde exhibition and we were not disappointed. It was beautifully laid out and very well organised. The rear of the museum was lovely and spacious too. I would definitely return.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been going to Le Petit Palais for many years, and always find something new to see there. Also, a good place to sit at the cafe and have a rest from all the sightseeing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I guess not too many people know of this museum, but is was not crowded and had fantastic collections. The wait was only a few minutes. They have a very nice cafe and we spent about 4 hours in total at the museum.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The permanent collections are very good and the garden is lovely, especially during the warm saison. A very nice collection od modern and Art Deco glas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Because it's maintained by the city of Paris, the Petit Palais is free to the public (except for special exhibits). It was built for the World's Fair (Exposition universelle) of 1900 and is hence a perfect example of the Art Nouveau style of the period. It has some great art- from medieval to modern. There's a good collectiion of Courbets... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning building, interesting in itself abd well worth seeing visit irrespective of what exhibition is one. Obviously, your enjoyment will be decided somewhat by what is on at the time of your visit, much as a visit to the cinema would. I've only been once but based on our experience and the list of past and future expos held here,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this exhibit with some friends and was a little disappointed. All the plaques were very hard to read. The writing was very small and poorly lite. The paintings were nice and some of the quotes.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

The Petit Palais is wonderful eclectic museum that will delight hard core museum goers as well as those with only modest interests. It's a perfect compromise when there is a group of travelers or family members with different levels (tolerance?) of interest in fine art. The permanent collections is free and can be viewed in a morning or afternoon, so... More 

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