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

Petit Palais Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • 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 – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Av. Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, France

Phone: 01 53 43 40 00

Official Website: Petit Palais

Petit Palais Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Free entry which is a rarity in Paris where everything costs money. The standard exhibitions are amazing and really interesting. There is a wide array of artworks, sculptures and installations. The building architecture itself is beautiful, sprawling layout and many descriptions of work/history in English. Would definitely recommend a visit. You can buy tickets on site for the special exhibits which were around 10-15 euro but we just did the free area which was which massive in itself.
Jason Bradley - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Cool little museum. Not on the scale or grandeur of the larger art museums, but definitely has its charm. As we were in Paris for a few days we visited when we were walking around the city. Admission is free, and the museum was not very crowded. We did see lines forming to get in as we were leaving closer to mid-day. There is a nice courtyard in the middle of the museum that is perfect for a little break and a snack.
Zinger Learns - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Excellent collection of art and free to enter which is a rarity in Paris. The garden is delightful from noon to evening when it catches the sunlight. The cafe wasn’t open when we went as it was being refurbished but what we could see looked nice. There are separate entrances for those with mobility issues and in groups with good accessibility throughout the building. There are toilets and a gift shop that is reasonably priced.
Nelson Grant - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Very beautiful place. Especially interesting because it has been built for the world exhibition and is not originally from the time it represents. The texts about the artwork is very interesting, but you should speak French. But the most important thing is that you should look up, because the ceiling contains lots of beautiful drawings. Also the toilet was clean and we took a relaxing break in the garden.
Severin Kämpfer - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Totally amazing and beautiful museum. Where is literally free to appreciate breathtaking works. On the main hall you will find these colossal canvasses from Bouguereau. You will also find an original Monet. One big note, the entrance is totally free but you’ll not be allowed to enter with a carry on or any kind of luggage. I tried… a personal item such as a backpack is no problem but be aware of that.
Jesus Galinzoga - 5 months ago

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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 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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