Petit Palais

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Beaux-Arts Beauty
Beaux-Arts Beauty
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.
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