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Guide to the Petit Palais in Paris

A Treasured Permanent Collection of Paintings


The Petit Palais houses one of Paris' most impressive collections of impressionist paintings.

The Petit Palais houses one of Paris' most impressive collections of paintings, particularly from the impressionist school.

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The recently renovated Petit Palais, situated near the prestigious Champs-Elysées, houses 1300 works from the antiquity through the early 20th century, featuring masterpieces by Courbet, Cezanne, Monet, and Delacroix. The exciting permanent collection is free for all visitors, while temporary exhibits explore exciting trends in modern art, photography and other mediums.

Inaugurated in 1900 for the World Exhibition of the same year, and presented in tandem with the neighboring Grand Palais, the "petit" counterpart is a striking example of art nouveau architecture. Wrought iron entrances and decorative elements, elaborate cupolas and colorful murals give the space the grandeur of a palace. The museum of fine arts moved into the building in 1902.

Location and Contact Information

Address: Avenue Winston Churchill, 8th arrondissement
Metro: Champs-Elysees Clemenceau
Tel: + 33 (0)1 53 43 40 00
Information on the Web: Visit the official website (in English)

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Opening Hours

Open every day except Mondays and public holidays, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (last tickets sold at 5:00 pm)

Closing Days and Times: Closed on Mondays and on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

Tickets and Admission

Admission to the permanent collection at the Petit Palais is free for all. For information on current admission prices and discounts to temporary exhibits, consult this page at the official website.

Temporary Exhibits

The Petit Palais regularly hosts temporary exhibits that explore modern art, photography and even fashion. The museum recently held a critically acclaimed tribute to the fashion of French designer Yves Saint Laurent. Visit this page for a list of current temporary exhibits at the museum.

Highlights from the Permanent Collection

The permanent collection at the Petit Palais has been amassed over the course of the museum's history, with works donated from private and state collections. Paintings, sculptures, and other mediums from Ancient Greece through the early 20th century make up the collection's over 1300 works. For complete details on works in the permanent collection, visit this page.
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