City of Paris Fine Arts Museum
(Petit Palais and the Musée des Beaux-Arts)

The permanent collection at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in the beautiful Petit Palais is free to see

An impressive facade welcomes visitors to Musée des Beaux-Arts in the Petit Palais (Small Palace)
An impressive facade welcomes visitors to Musée des Beaux-Arts in the Petit Palais (Small Palace) cc 3.0 licensed photo by Calips via Wikimedia

Musee des Beaux-Arts or City of Paris Fine Arts Museum is a spectacular museum situated on the north bank of the river Seine in Paris. The museum first opened in 1900 and it has continued at the current location for more than a century. This superb museum should definitely be included in your itinerary when visiting Paris.

Visitors to the Petit Palais can enjoy viewing the works of many famous artists found in their permanent collection for free. There are also a variety of temporary exhibits rotating throughout the year that can be seen for a nominal charge.

The collection of artwork on display at the Musee des Beaux-Arts is both fine and full. They range in time from Ancient Greece all the way up to the First World War. .The collection includes works by many notable artists such as Rembrandt, Monet, Delacroix, Courbet, Rodin and many more. The permanent collection is divided into sections for easy viewing.

Nearby attractions: Science Museum and Grand Palace National Gallery

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No, except to see temporary exhibits and programs

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, France

Phone: 01 53 43 40 00

Official Website: Petit Palais and the Musée des Beaux-Arts (City of Paris Fine Arts Museum)

Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M1 or M13Champs-Élysées - Clemenceau3 minutes
M9Franklin Delano Roosevelt7 minutes
M8 or RER-CInvalides5 minutes

How to get to Petit Palais and the Musée des Beaux-Arts (City of Paris Fine Arts Museum) by Metro / RER

By Metro or RER-C: From Metro Line 1 or 13 exit at Champs-Élysées - Clemenceau‎ Station. The Petit Palais is straight south on the left side of Avenue Winston Churchill. Follow Avenue du General Eisenhower beside the Grand Palais to the gallery entrance.

From Metro Line 1 or 9 exit at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Station and follow Avenue des Champs Elysees southeast from the traffic circle to Avenue Winston Churchill and go right. Continue to the main entrance on your left.

From Metro Line 8 or RER-C exit at Invalides and head north over the Alexandre III bridge. Continue north on Avenue Winston Churchill to the entrance on your right.

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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5

5 Star Rating This is a good place to spend 2 hours. Entrance to permanent exhibition is free and there are some nice paintings and sculptures by Masters. The place itself is gorgeous too. Have coffee in the cafe inside.

Jim Lau - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating Great place for moving exhibitions. Has a good 300-seat auditorium in the basement.

Manish Prabhat - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating Very nice collection. Museum is free. You'll get to see a bit of everything if you go there. Would definitely recommend.

Bastien Dupuis - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating The main building is FREE TO ENTER. I have no idea how, but it is. A masterpiece of beautiful architecture, housing some of the most lovely examples of ancient to Art Nouveau design - I couldn't believe it. Go out into the little circular garden and enjoy the painted arches there and golden angels on the roof. JUST GO. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!!!

Helen P - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating Stumbled across this place while out walking. It is a lovely art gallery with free entry and the building is beautiful. The cafe has a nice outlook over a garden and is surprisingly cheap.

Paul Bowler - 2 months ago

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Slideshow showing many of the beautiful works of art on display at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in the Petit Palais

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