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Petit Palais

Petit PalaisThe Petit Palais des Champs-Elysées was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. It is next to the Champs-Elysées Avenue in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.

Permanent collections are free to everyone.


The Petit Palais was built for the 5th Parisian edition of the Universal Exhibition in 1900. It is located at the place where a pavilion was built in 1878 behind the Palace of Industry (Palais de l’Industrie) to show artworks acquired by the City of Paris.Il occupe l’emplacement du pavillon élevé en 1878 derrière le Palais de l’Industrie pour présenter les oeuvres d’arts acquises par la Ville de Paris. Since the beginning of its construction, the retrocession of the Petit Palais to the City of Paris, after the end of the Exhibition, was already decided.

The architect Charles-Louis Girault was given the responsibility to build the Petit Palais. The lead time for the construction was very short. Girault could adapt to the requirements. He drew a plan in form of a trapezium.
In 1902, the Petit Palais was inaugurated as the Palais des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris (Palace for Beaux-Arts of the City of Paris).
100 years after its construction, the Petit Palais needed to be renovated.
It was reopened in December 2005, with 45000 artworks.

Chronological marks

- 1897: Construction of the Petit Palais by Charles Girault for the Universal Exhibition of 1900
- 1902: Inauguration on the 11th of December under the name “Palais des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris”
- 1967: “Toutankhamon” exhibition
- 1970: “The century of Rembrandt” exhibition
- 1972: “The English romantic painting” exhibition
- 1978: “Borobodur” exhibition
- 1978: “India, 5000 years of art” exhibition
- 1981: “The Art of the Eternal Japan” exhibition
- 1982: “The Thyssen Bornemisza collection” exhibition
- 1983: “In the country of Baal and Astarte” exhibition
- 1986: “Rembrandt” exhibition
- 1987: “From Greco to Picasso” exhibition
- 1989: “The Art of Cartier” exhibition
- 1992: “Fragonard and the French drawing in the 18th century” exhibition
- 1994: “The Art Taïno” exhibition
- 1995: “Carthage” exhibition
- 1996: “The Forbidden City” exhibition
- 1998: “The Glory of Alexandria” exhibition
- 1999: “Morocco, treasures of the kingdom” et “Brazil baroque” exhibition
- 2000: “Mexican suns” et “China, the Glory of Emperors” exhibitions – Closing of the Petit Palais for work
- 2005: Reopening of the museum in December. “Quentin Blake and the ladies of the banks of La Seine” et “Meeting eyes” exhibitions
- 2006: “Peru, the Art from Chavin to the Incas” and “Rembrandt, eaux-fortes” exhibitions
- 2007: “Painters of the light, Sargent and Sorolla”, “Paintings in Armenia”, “The essence of heroines” exhibitions
- 2008: “Akira Kurosawa, drawings”, “Shôkokuji, Gold Pavilion, Silver Pavilion – Zen and Art in Kyoto”, “Sweet faces of Creators 2008″ exhibitions

Temporary exhibitions

Except the permanent collections that are free, the Petit Palais organizes temporary exhibitions, sometimes composed with artworks lent by other museums online casino canada.


- Mount Athos and Byzantine Empire, Treasures of the Holy Mountain at the Petit Palais

Exhibition presenting the artworks of the Mount Athos in Greece: icons, paintings, goldsmith’s artworks… This exhibition is exceptional. These works are very rarely transported out of the Mount Athos where there are about 20 monasteries. And even more rarely out of Greece.
These thousands-years-old artworks are usually accessible to men, women being forbidden inside the monasteries.

The exhibition is open from the 10th of April to the 5th of July 2009.

Free for children under or equal to 13 years old.
Full fare: 9€
Reduced fare: 7€
Half price: 4,50€
William Blake exhibition + Mount Athos exhibition ticket: 13€

For further details: Click here (in French)

- William Blake (1757-1827), the visionary genius of the English romanticism

The Petit Palais presents for the first time in France a retrospective of the English painter William Blake.
The exhibition will be held from the 2nd of April to the 28th of June 2009, from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. On Thursday, until 8 pm. The exhibition is closed on Monday and holidays.

Free for children under or equal to 13 years old.
Full fare: 8€
Reduced fare: 6€
Half fare: 4€

For further details: Click here (in French)


Fernand Pelez, the parade of the humbles from the 24th of September 2009 to the 17th of January 2010

The Petit Palais possesses a collection of unseen paintings and drawings.
More information later here.


Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (lines 1 or 13)
Concorde (lines 1, 8 or 12)

Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris

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Opening hours

10 am to 6 pm
Nocturnal on Thursday until 8 pm

Closed on Mondays and holidays

Pictures gallery

The building

The artworks