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Petit Palais

The Petit Palais (Small Palace in English) is a beautiful building from 1900 featuring art collections dating from Antiquity to 1920. The Petit Palais houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris).  

Petit Palais
Petit Palais

Petit Palais, courtyard
Petit Palais courtyard

The Palace

Located between Champs-Elysées and Les Invalides, the Petit Palais was built for the Exposition Universelle (Universal Exhibition) in 1900 and has a magnificent courtyard and garden. It is very similar to the Grand Palais, located just across the street.  

The hallways and grand porch of the Palace are beautifully decorated. It took over twenty years to complete the decoration.


The various exhibitions are arranged chronologically, featuring paintings, sculptures and decorative elements from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance period, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

An impressive building

Although the Petit Palais contains interesting art collections, the most impressive part of the museum is the actual building with beautiful decoration. The garden is also worthwhile visiting; a peaceful haven where visitors can stop and have a drink.  


Avenue Winston Churchill.

When to visit

Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm (Thursday open until 8 pm)
Monday: closed


Free entry


Metro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau, lines 1 and 13.
RER: Invalides, line C; Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, line A.
Bus: lines 28, 42, 72, 73, 83 and 93.


Petit Palais, location map

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