Small Palace

Petit Palais

Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris, 75008
Admission: Free
Free Entry
Wheelchair Access
Late Opening
Recommended
Has Temporary Exhibitions
Has Permanent Collection
 

Opening Times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 1800
Friday: 1000 - 2100
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
The late opening on Friday is for the exhibitions only. Closed on 1st May, 14th July, 15th August, 25th December.
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Tube : (1, 13) Champ Elysée Clémenceau

Less known than the Louvre or Orsay this museum is however not to be missed in Paris and its extended collection have the great advantage to be free.

The Petit Palais is hosted in an amazing building built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900 to Charles Girault's designs, and houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts (musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris).

Arranged around a beautiful octi-circular courtyard and garden, the palace is similar to the nearby Grand Palais. Its ionic columns, grand porch and dome echo those of the Invalides across the river. The tympanum depicting the city of Paris surrounded by muses is the work of sculptor Jean Antoine Injalbert.

The current exhibits are divided into sections: the Dutuit Collection of medieval and Renaissance paintings, drawings and objets d'art and the Tuck Collection of 18th century furniture and the City of Paris collection of paintings.

The museum displays paintings by painters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Nicolas Poussin, Claude Gellée, Fragonard, Hubert Robert, Greuze and a remarkable collection of 19th century painting and sculpture: Ingres, Géricault, Delacroix, Courbet, Monet, Sisley, Pissarro, Cezanne, Modigliani, Carpeaux, Maillol, Rodin etc.

The Petit Palais has served as a model for other public buildings, notably for the Royal Museum for Central Africa near Brussels, Belgium, and the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum) in Santiago, Chile. The museum displays a remarkable collection of paintings and sculptures and great temporary exhibition through the year.

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Past exhibitions at Small Palace - now closed:
Baccarat the legend of crystal 15th Oct 2014 - 4th Jan 2015
Claude Gellée a Lorrain in Rome in the XVIIth Century 17th Feb 2015 - 31st May 2015
Fantastic! Kuniyoshi 1st Oct 2015 - 17th Jan 2016
Fantastic! Visionary print from Goya to Redon 1st Oct 2015 - 17th Jan 2016
From Ingres to Polke : 7 chefs d'oeuvres du Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes 1st Oct 2014 - 11th Jan 2015
Japonisme and tableware 1st Oct 2015 - 17th Jan 2016
Jordaens 1593-1678 the pride of Antwerp 19th Sep 2013 - 19th Jan 2014
Rubens and Van Dyck 13th Aug 2013 - 26th Jan 2014
Sabbath and Temptations 1st Oct 2015 - 17th Jan 2016
The baroque underworld: vice and destitution in Rome 24th Feb 2015 - 24th May 2015
The School in pictures 22nd Oct 2013 - 26th Jan 2014