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

Regular 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

Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating One of my favourite stops on our Paris trip- was such a beautiful place, the architecture is breathtaking and it has such a wide collection of artwork in various styles. The best was a beautiful garden to sit and soak in the sun and enjoy the view, with seating. It was so nice and quiet when we went, making it more relaxing to enjoy the artwork and take your time getting round everything. Very well laid out, organised and an amazing place- it is free entry also which is amazing, hopefully it stays this way as not commonly found. Thank you!
Lily Wheatley - a week ago

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5 Star Rating This museum is an amazing site that is must see. Entry is free, which is surprising to me. The quality of art and the size of this museum is worth paying for. There are several floors with arts spanning different decades and time periods. It was great to walk through the museum and greatly appreciate all the art that's inside. This is a highly recommended location and one that should not be missed.
Will B - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating It's a nice place to spend half day here. The collections are great. While i was there, they were hosting a B&W photo exhibition but as time was running out, so they didn't allow people to go in anymore. But all other collections were beautiful too. Highlight is the cafe located in the centre of the museum. People can sit and rest while enjoying some refreshment there. The view is amazing with wonderful architecture all around you.
Catherine C - 3 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 - a month ago

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5 Star Rating I would give another star for free entry. Everywhere in Paris you have to pay to see the attractions but here at Petit Palais, the entry is free but you may have to pay for special attractions. There was a small line when the doors were opened. There are security checks which take time. Inside you will find statues and paintings. There are lots of art collections. We enjoyed this art museum. If you missed the Louvre, this place would be a bonus. The bus will drop you off like 430 m away. There is a souvenir store and a cafe. We spent like 2 hours here. This is a must see attraction.
Ravi Lal - a month ago

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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 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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