Built for the 1900 Exhibition, the Petit Palais was designated a city museum two years later to celebrate Paris' decorative arts and sculptures. Later ancient art, classical art, photography and graphic arts were added to the collection. This Beaux-Arts style building is worth a visit. You'll find elaborate Symbolist murals in the lobby, a stained glass rotunda, wrought iron staircases and beautiful mosaic floors. There is also a moderately priced garden café to sit and rest your feet. Museum offers puzzle tours for children as well. Lovely courtyard gardens. Near Champs-Elysées and across the street from the Grand Palais. An overlooked stop by tourists, the Petit Palais gives you a real feel for Paris of the 1900s.
By Clare Olivares, AFAR Local Expert
Have you been here? Share a tip or a photo with fellow travelers.
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 53 43 40 00
Tue - Sun 10am - 6pm