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

4 Star Rating Architecturally one of the biggest wonders I found in Paris. The exhibitions and permanent collection aren't mind-blowing but there's free acces to the internal garden and caffetteria from there you can admire the fine architectural details of the building. Good experience overall. Admission to the permanent collection is free as well.

Luca Scassa - 13 hours ago

4 Star Rating We really enjoyed the Pastel was very nice indeed. No fuss as there was no queue! Pretty straightforward. Will come back for the permanent exhibition.

a bc - 2 days ago

4 Star Rating First Petit Palais is a wonderful historical architectural masterpiece by Girault from the 1900's Universal Exhibition. The permanent collection with beautiful fine arts pieces is free and you have great events and temporary exhibitions. The wild garden inside with the café add even more charm. The floor and its mosaics, miraculous high ceilings, golden treasure door, majestic iron stairways... a gem.

samuel t - 5 days ago

4 Star Rating I loved that on a busy day in cold December, there were no lines to get in and that the place was not packed with noisy students. The gardens are small, but lovely. The Cafe has normal prices and a delicious selection of snacks. And the permanent collection is diverse and engaging. I enjoyed the religious art section (objects from Ethiopia and Greece especially). I would recommend a stop if only to admire the building that was built for Expo 1900.

Francois Magny - 26 days ago

5 Star Rating Wonderful art museum - very large palace at one time with gardens and good restaurant. Always a place to sit, rest, and observe. Small expos mingle within the permanent collection- jaw dropping works of art - sculpture, canvas' large and small. Very lively place. Will go back. A good walk from the gardens and the Lourve.

1ceteach - 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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