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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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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
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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Petit Palais

Nice stop during a walk through the Latin Quarter. Free with Museum Pass. No crowds. Beautiful vaulted ceilings and incredible sculptures. Unfortunately, at the time of my... read more

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New Paltz, New York
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Nice stop during a walk through the Latin Quarter. Free with Museum Pass. No crowds. Beautiful vaulted ceilings and incredible sculptures. Unfortunately, at the time of my visit, they had run out of the english versions of the guides. Nonetheless another breathtaking piece of French history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I stopped by to see the Oscar Wilde exhibit in December. While I was there, While I was there, I decided to walk through the rest of the museum. I am glad I did. It is delightful! Special exhibits have an admission fee; but I believe the rest of the museum is free.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful space - so much to see and only special exhibitions are charged for. So nice to be able to walk into a museum with no queue !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Any artist will love this experience. The magnificence of the structure is well worth really looking at and photographing. Of course, the French have a great art history well renown painters and scuptures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be aware the audio-guide is not up-dated! The museum has moved some of the paintings, so they are not located nor fit with the number you press on the audio-guide. The cafe in the museum is a great place to recuperate after two hours visit of the regular collection.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm afraid this review won't be much use for people thinking about going to this great art museum because we went in October specifically to see the Oscar Wilde exhibition which is now closed. It's just taken me a long time to finish writing all my reviews from last year's trip. The Wilde exhibition was fascinating even for those of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Entry is free--beat that! A small collection including a Monet sunrise and huge format painting of Les Halles, among others. Nice lunch room tucked away off the courtyard. Peaceful place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is one of the best galery of paintings. The most interesting is that is for free. But there are lot of famous pictures, for example of Monet.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

As most people do when visiting Paris, we set out in the morning from our hotel with a vision of walking all over the beautiful city taking in as many things as we could and not returning to the hotel until the evening. Because of this, we took a backpack with us for water, maps, leaflets and snacks. We started... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

We much enjoyed seeing the 19th century paintings on the ground floor - a wonderful selection and both free admission and uncrowded. We also enjoyed a lovely snack lunch in the cafeteria which looks onto the beautiful inner courtyard - it must be lovely to eat outside in the summer when the ponds are filled as well. We thought perhaps... More 

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