Petit Palais

petit palais

The Petit Palais is located right near the Champs-Elysees and houses a remarkable 1,300 works  and masterpieces through the 20th century. The Palais is a striking bit of Parisian architecture, with wrought iron entrances, elaborate cupolas, and colorful murals. It was actually inaugurated in 1900 for the World Exhibition along with it’s neighboring Grand Palais.

Permanent exhibits of the museum are divided into sections. First is the Dutuit Collection, which features medieval and Renaissance  paintings, drawings, and other objects. Then there is the Tuck collection which features 18th century furniture. Lastly, the City of Paris section displays a collection of paintings by such artists as Rembrandt, Rubens, Nicolas Poussin, Claude Gellée, Fragonard, Hubert Robert, and Greuze.

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The museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Admission to view any of the permanent collections is free to the public, and only the temporary exhibitions will call for a ticket charge. Making this a great and inexpensive thing to do while in Paris.