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“Permanent collections are free - amazing building!”

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.
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“Permanent collections are free - amazing building!”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

An amazing building that hosts an impressive permanent collection. The line for the temporary exhibit was incredibly long, so I bypassed that in favor of visiting the main collection. It was extensive and included a very helpful brochure that walked me through the different rooms of art and antiquities. Almost all of the rooms also have a laminated sheet to elaborate further on the items housed there. I would definitely recommend coming here. Be sure to check out the outdoor area in the center, as well. I brought a sandwich with me and ate it in the peaceful garden.

Visited August 2014
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“A Great Surprise!”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

We loved the Paris 1900. which was, unfortunately, only a temporary exhibit! It was multimedia, beautiful and comprehensive, especially around the development of the Eiffel Tour and the world's fair.

Visited July 2014
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“Excellent special exhibition but the main collection looked a bit dull”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

We came to see the special exhibition on the Paris Expo 1900 and saw a bit of the permanent collection while we were there. The special exhibition was really interesting with a mixture of paintings, furniture, costumes, jewellery and porcelain from the period, along with some interesting material about the Expo itself. Le Petit Palais was built to house part of the Expo so it's a highly appropriate venue. There were some real delights in the exhibition - some Guimard art nouveau furniture and some beautiful Chopard jewellery, as well as some great paintings (my favourite being a Cezanne portrait of Vollard). We also saw bits of the permanent collection (free to get in) which was very extensive if a bit dull. There's also a nice café which overlooks the courtyard garden and a great place to take a break. One odd thing - the signage was non-existent. There were no signs to the loos or even the exit so we had to ask to find the way out! I would highly recommend the special exhibition, not sure about the permanent collection.

Visited August 2014
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“Paris in 1900”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Our first visit to the Petit Palaise . It was a very pleasant experience and well worth booking our tickets online to save queuing. The planning of the exhibition was excellent and it was an unforgettable visit. One is easily impressed by the architecture and purpose built for the 1900 Paris Exhibition. The quality of food and drink on offer was impressive but the people took too long to choose at the counter .it would have been helpful to show what is on offer so that people could be served more quickly. The Petit Palaise is well worth a visit.

Visited July 2014
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“Great Architecture & Great Artists”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

If you like Delacroix, Monet, Sisley, Cezanne, Rembrandt and Rubens - you will find that and more at the Petit Palais. My wife and I went there to see the Paris 1900 exhibit but the lines were extremely long so we decided to just view the permanent collection and were quite pleased with all this museum had to offer. It is free and if you're facing the grand entrance (where the huge lines are), there is a smaller entrance just to the right where you can get in with practically no wait. The building is a wonderful example of Beaux Arts architectural style and is worth the trip just to see it.

Visited May 2014
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