The Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris
The permanent collection is FREE for everyone.


Le Petit Palais forms, with the Grand Palais and the Alexandre III bridge which are located just next door, a majestic ensemble designed especially for the World's Fair of 1900. This building was then converted into a Fine Arts Museum in 1902 to house the City of Paris' painting and sculpture collections.

WE LOVE :  especially the 1900 building, its small interior garden, its rotunda, its café
AGE:  from 10 years old
FREE:  the permanent collection is free for all, all year round

The Petit Palais, a 1900 building

The Petit Palais: a magnificent building

  • Le petit Palais is the Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris which includes collections of paintings and sculptures from antiquity to the 1920s
  • This museum exhibits works by major artists such as Ingres, Ingres, Géricault, Delacroix, Cézanne, Bonnard and Maillol ... Nevertheless, in our opinion, the permanent collection will be of interest to art lovers
  • We do not put this museum in the top 10 painting museums in Paris and we think that its permanent collections may not excite the young public
  • On the other hand, the building which dates from the 1900 World's Fair and its interior patio are really worth a visit. It has a crazy charm!
  • The Petit Palais regularly organizes temporary exhibitions. These are not free of charge.


the Petit Palais café is open to the public

the Petit Palais museum is free for all

The café-restaurant of the Petit Palais is a very pleasant place

  • The café restaurant of the Petit Palais, located in its inner courtyard is a very pleasant place for a lunch break or snack
  • It is a self-service café that serves very simple and very good dishes (pies, quiches, salads, cakes...)
  • It is a place that we especially recommended in good weather to enjoy the tables placed under the rotunda of the interior patio.
  • You can have lunch or a snack by a mosaic-lined pool, under romantic colonnades and in the middle of exotic vegetation...  It's a place that has a crazy charm!
  • The access to the café is free, you can go there without visiting the museum

we love the Petit Palais restaurant

café restaurant du petit palais in Paris

Practical information

See schedule details
  • - Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
  • - Closed on January 1st, May 1st, July 14th and December 25th
  • - Open at night on Fridays until 9pm for temporary exhibitions

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