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Paris' fine arts museum

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Visiting the Petit Palais, Paris’ fine arts museum, is to visit world class art in a building designed to have the splendor of a royal palace. Gaze at Greek and Roman antiquities, works of Rembrandt and Monet, and then relax with a coffee in the museum’s majestic courtyard garden.

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About this place

Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
Line 1/13 - Champs-Elysées Clémenceau

Tuesday : 10:00 am - 18:00 pm
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Monday : Closed Tuesday : 10:00 am - 18:00 pm Wednesday : 10:00 am - 18:00 pm Thursday : 10:00 am - 20:00 pm Friday : 10:00 am - 18:00 pm Saturday : 10:00 am - 18:00 pm Sunday : 10:00 am - 18:00 pm

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A free museum in a palace

The Petit Palais (Small Palace) is the City of Paris’ fine arts museum and the permanant collection is free. Built in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition, it became a museum in 1902. With its permanent collection consisting of important works, yet being of relatively small size, the Petit Palais is perfect for a 1.5 hour visit of fine arts and great architecture.

Making the most of it: from bottom to top

Even if the permanent collection is free, the Petit Palais is still an off-the-beaten-track museum so you don’t need to worry too much about waiting in line. Leave coats and bags at the cloakroom on the basement floor and start your visit from there: Greek antiquities, Renaissance and 18th century art. Climb up the stairs and you will find yourself in the 19th century, with paintings, sculptures and objects from the different artistic trends of that century.

Masterpieces: to each era its own masterpiece

There are many paintings and sculptures by Grand Masters displayed in the Petit Palais :
Rembrandt’s “Portrait in an Oriental Costume,” (1631) in room 26, the only auto-portrait he painted vertically.
Monet’s “Soleil Couchant sur la Seine à Lavacourt” (Sunset on the Seine at Lavacourt - 1880) and the impressionists in rooms 7 and 8.
Carpeaux’s “Ugolin and hist Children” at the bottom of the massive north-eastern staircase, the facial expression of the statue being so realistic.

Architecture: art bathed in natural lighting

Art is not the only thing to discover in the Petit Palais. Its elegant architecture is also an equal part of its draw. At the very end of the 19th century, architect Charles Girault designed a building that would only use natural light, with large windows and transparent domes. Girault also wanted his building to have the splendor of an official palace. He designed it to glorify the city of Paris and celebrate the benefits of art.

Garden & Restaurant: a quiet haven in the middle of a museum

The inner courtyard and garden of the Petit Palais is a peaceful haven, excellent to relax in after visiting the museum.
At the back of the garden, you will find the Petit Palais’ self-service restaurant. A little jewel whose location and unique cozy ambiance makes it a great spot for lunch or a snack when in the area. It can be quite busy during lunch time between 12:30 and 2pm.

Conclusion: a perfect place to visit

It would be a pity not to visit the Petit Palais if you are in the area. Its unique collection of paintings, sculptures and objects gathered in a beautifully designed building, a palace no less, make it the perfect place for those who want to see world class art in one easy stop.

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