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

Currently Closed

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)


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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Rated 4.5 out of 5Petit Palais Star Rating

5 Star Rating Great spot for temporary exhibitions - many of them blockbusters, where it's advisable to get timed tickets in advance to avoid standing in long lines. The building itself is gorgeous, and also houses a free permanent collection ranging from ancient Grecian urns to modern photography. There's also a cafe off a center courtyard, with a limited but tasty menu.

Gayle Keck - 4 days ago

4 Star Rating Beautiful palace and wonderful art collection. I was going to go, but was happy to find out that I didn’t have to pay to enter. It’s a good hours worth of enjoyment. So if your nearby and have some extra time then check it out

Baron Migs - 18 days ago

5 Star Rating Brilliant find yesterday when it was raining it was free to get in (donations if you wanted to) the art was stunning as we're the ceilings in the entrance hall of the building I can't praise this enough. If you like statues and amazing architecture of the building you will love this. I just love Paris

Chrissie Smith - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Amazing museum with a lot of items on exhibit. The range of items is really incredible, from Ancient Greek artifacts all the way to modern art. The best part is that admission is absolutely free! With multiple floors it's easy to spend a couple of hours inside (though when I first walked in I had thought there were much fewer pieces on display, given how spread out they are).

Vageli M - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating The permanent collection of the Petit Palais is free. It is quite a mixed collection, but has many great items. Certainly worth wandering around. There is usually a temporary special exhibition as well. Those always cost something, but are also more focused than the permanent collection and have been worth seeing. The cafeteria has good dishes and sitting in the garden courtyard is pleasant and relaxing.

Mark Bramhall - 3 months ago


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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