Petit Palais is housing an impressive array of artwork spanning several centuries.
It is located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, just opposite the Grand Palais. It attracts every year more than 1 million visitors.
In this article, we will guide you through the useful informations to know about le Petit Palais : Exhibitions, Events, Tickets and History.
What can I do at Petit Palais?
The Petit Palais is famed as "The Mini Louvre",but without crowds.
The museum is a perfect place to spend an afternoon at the end of your walk at the Champs Elysées Avenue. The building itself has an magnificent atmosphere both from interior and exterior decorated in eclectic style.
A large collection of paintings, sculptures and other objects mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries takes place in Petit Palais.
At the entrance there is a wide sculpture hall adorned with the works of 18th century artists. The portrait galleries contains a mix of Medieval and Renaissance era works.
All areas are perfectly structured so that the visitors can take full advantage of the art experience.
You can easily spend hours by enjoying carefully selected works of art of many world famous artists like Monét, Sisley and Rembrant.
Le Jardin du Petit Palais
As you pass to the inner courtyard, you'll find a wonderful cafe where you can hide from the jam of the city in a relaxing garden.
Entrance, Tickets and Tours
It is free to see the permanent collection of Petit Palais. There are also periodical exhibitions that can be followed from the Official Website of Petit Palais.
Petit Palais is closed on Mondays. It can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How to get to the Petit Palais
The Petit Palais is an art museum located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris on present-day Winston-Churchill street.
- Metro: "Champs-Élysées–Clemenceau" is the closest station to get Petit Palais on Line 1 and Line 13. Also, "Franklin D. Roosevelt" station on the Metro Line 1 and Line 9 is nearby.
- Bus: 28 42, 52, 63, 72, 73, 80, 83 and 93
History of the Petit Palais
The Petit Palais was built, just like the Grand Palais and Pont Alexander III, for the Universal Exposision of 1900.
It was built to serve as a permanent gallery of painting and sculpture and host a series of French exhibitions.
Charles- Louis Girault was the chief architect of Petit Palais. It is still used as Museum of Fine Arts.
The Petit Palais was served as a modal of many public buildings such as Royal Museum for Central Africa near Brussels and The Museo de Bellas Artes in Santiago.