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“Don't overlook the Petit Palais”

Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Oakton, Virginia
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“Don't overlook the Petit Palais”
Reviewed 6 December 2012

I am always willing to give museums that offer freee entrance a good look in, and the permanent collection at the Petit Palais is definitely worth an afternoon. Overshadowed by its much bigger counterpart across the Champs, the PP hosts an eclectic collection of sculpture, painting and objets d'art that looks like the private collection of a fantastically wealthy, and very tasteful, Victorian merchant. And the giftshop has delightful gifts for bargain prices, to say nothing of the lovely cafe. All in all, a real treasure!

Visited December 2012
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“nice museum”
Reviewed 3 December 2012

The building is quite chic, very nice decorated. The paintings are mixed (classic, impressionist, modern). The courtyard is quite nice and esquisite.

Visited December 2012
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Paris, France
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“Don't miss the courtyard cafe”
Reviewed 27 November 2012

This is a Paris municipality-owned institution, so you can visit the courtyard cafe for free by asking for a free pass at the ticket desk at the left of the entrance hall and explaining where you are going. You do need to do this in order to get through the security, which is also at the entrance to the gallery on the left. If you forget, the guard will politely remind you. Just after security, turn right into the central courtyard. This place is an oasis in Summer and is particularly beautiful near sundown.

The cafe is cafeteria style and you may have to queue for a little while, but prices are not to bad and the choices are nice. Take your drink and sandwich and settle down in the outside colonnade to chat and admire one of the many surprising and beautiful corners to relax in in Paris

Visited November 2012
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Budapest, Hungary
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“Not for me”
Reviewed 25 November 2012 via mobile

I started walking and after the 3d room I realized that I really can't take anymore saints and biblical stories and landscapes, so I cut the visit short, it might be interesting if you're into these kinds of arts, but it just wasn't what I was looking for.

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“One of the best art galleries in Paris”
Reviewed 20 November 2012

No charge and no queues (except for the good value for money resto / cafe)!

Maybe not the most well-known pictues in Paris, but very well worth a visit of 1 - 2 hours. Some lovely pictures (e.g Sarah Bernhardt by Georges Clairin, a coupe of Corbets and the chilling and amazing 'Les Saltimbanques' by Fernaud Pelez - one of the most impressive and thought-provoking pictures I have ever seen). There are also lots of impressive ancient roman and greek sculptures and vases etc downstairs.

Visited October 2012
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