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 Alexander III Bridge located 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' collections of paintings and sculptures.

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

Le Petit Palais, un batiment 1900

The Little Palace: a magnificent building

  • Le petit Palais is the Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris which includes painting and sculpture collections 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 particular interest to art lovers.
  • We're not putting this museum in the top 10 painting museums in Paris and we think that its permanent collections may not appeal to a young audience...
  • On the other hand, the building which dates from the 1900 World's Fair and its inner courtyard is really worth the detour. It's got a crazy charm!
  • The Petit Palais regularly organises temporary exhibitions. These are paying exhibitions.


le café du Petit Palais est en accès libre

le musée du Petit Palais est gratuit pour tous

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

  • The café-restaurant at the Petit Palais, located in its inner courtyard is a very pleasant place for a lunch break or a snack.
  • It's a self-service cafe that serves very simple and very good dishes (pies, quiches, salads, cakes...)
  • It's a place that we especially recommended on sunny days to take advantage of the tables placed under the rotunda on the inner patio.
  • You will have lunch or a snack at the edge of a pool lined with mosaics, under romantic colonnades and in the middle of exotic vegetation...  It's a place with a crazy charm!
  • Access to the café is free, you can go there without visiting the museum.

on adore le restaurant du Petit Palais

café restaurant du petit palais à Paris

Practical information

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

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