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Petit Palais, Paris

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Built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, Petit Palais now houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts in its two large exhibition halls. The galleries each have a theme: one depicts old Paris and the other symbolizes 20th-century Paris. The ceilings of the two pavilions are ornately painted to reflect the intellectual currents of the time, and many floors were painstakingly covered with marble mosaics by the Italian artist Facchina. Arrange to visit Petit Palais and other attractions in Paris using our Paris tour itinerary planner.
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  • Extensive exhibition of the works of an interesting British painter Walter Sickert. A contemporary of Degas who clearly influenced him he lived in France for a long time. He painted a wide range of... 
    Extensive exhibition of the works of an interesting British painter Walter Sickert. A contemporary of Degas who clearly influenced him he lived in France for a long time. He painted a wide range of...  more »
  • Built for the Universal Exposition of 1900, today it is the Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris. Its core collection is free to visit. There are charges associaated with temporary exhibitions... 
    Built for the Universal Exposition of 1900, today it is the Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris. Its core collection is free to visit. There are charges associaated with temporary exhibitions...  more »
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  • Nice museum. I like the fact that it's free. They had quite a few varying artwork. There were paintings, sculpture, tapestry, and various artifacts. The area of the museum is very spacious, so there's room to maneuver. They do require that all backpacks are worn in the front to avoid them knocking over anything mistakenly. The artworks are spectacular, especially the ones depicting the crucifixion of Christ. Everything is very ornate, including the ceiling. A few of the pieces have English translations, so I was able to understand what each of those pieces were about. Not very crowded, which made it easy to move about. Great experience overall. Would definitely recommend
  • Such a nice surprise! It was on my must see list and I’m glad I did not miss it. General admission is free, but I would not hesitate to visit even if there was a fee. I would have loved an audio guide to learn more about the building, mosaics, murals and sculptures. Nice inside garden, enjoyed a drink from the cafe there.

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