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Petit Palais, Paris

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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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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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  • Couldn't believe this gorgeous building was free to enter, we just stumbled upon it when we went to have a look at the Alexander bridge. Filled with loads of amazing sculptures and paintings... 
    Couldn't believe this gorgeous building was free to enter, we just stumbled upon it when we went to have a look at the Alexander bridge. Filled with loads of amazing sculptures and paintings...  more »
  • I love museums but a museum for free? I had to see it for myself. The building is stunning, as many buildings in Paris are, and the permanent collection is free for all visitors. The highlight for me....  more
    I love museums but a museum for free? I had to see it for myself. The building is stunning, as many buildings in Paris are, and the permanent collection is free for all visitors. The highlight for me....  more »
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  • One of the best museums in city. Only few tourists know about the place and it makes it so much better! Also, entrance to permanent exhibition is free, and collection is beautiful! The palace itself is also awesome, it has beautiful garden inside and is located in great place. This will be one of my favorite museums in Paris.
  • 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

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