Petit Palais

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Musée du Petit Palais
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© Oliver Knight / Time Out
© Oliver Knight / Time Out
© Oliver Knight / Time Out
© Oliver Knight / Time Out
8th arrondissement

Despite it’s elegant, Belle Époque allure the ‘Little Palace’ is overshadowed by its big brother, Le Grand Palais, just across the road. But ignore it and you’ll miss out on one of Paris’s loveliest fine arts museums, with an extensive mish-mash of works by Poussin, Doré, Courbet and the impressionists, as well as other paintings and sculptures from the Antiquity to 1900. Art Nouveau fans are in for a treat downstairs, where you’ll find jewelry and knickknacks by Belle Epoque biggies Lalique and Gallé, furniture by Hector Guimard (the man behind of Paris’s iconic metro entrances) whose entire wooden dining room is reproduced; and the ceramicist Jean Carriès, whose grotesque creations (think witch-like masks and frogs with rabbit ears) add an element of supernatural fantasy. The building, built by Charles Girault for the 1900 for the World Fair, is lit entirely by natural light and sits around a pretty little garden - a plum spot for coffee and cakes.


Venue name: Petit Palais
Address: avenue Winston-Churchill

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm (until 8pm Thu)
Transport: Mº Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau, Mº Franklin-Roosevelt, Mº Invalides
Price: Free admission to permanent collection
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