Petit Palais

Petit Palais is one of my favorite art and design museums to visit while in Paris. It houses one of my favorite artworks and it’s entirely free to visit! The Petit Palais is owned by the city of Paris and is the location of the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts. It sits across from the larger exhibition hall Grand Palais in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. The Petit Palais was originally constructed for the 1900 Exposition Universelle – a world fair intended to show off the newest technology from various inventor and entrepreneurs that came from different parts of the world.

Petit Palais

I walked over to the Petit Palais to snap some photos of this gorgeous museum. Let’s take a look inside to see some of my favorite works!

Petit Palais Entrance

The Petit Palais was designed by architect Charles Girault. Its entrance is marked by tall archways surrounding an intricate gold doorway. A dark gray dome tops the entrance and a wide set of steps lead up to the entry. Once entering the museum, you can proceed left to the main museum wing or right to an open grand hall.

Petit Palais Entrance, Paris

Petit Palais Entrance, Paris
Petit Palais Entrance, Paris

Petit Palais Art

The Petit Palais houses numerous paintings and sculptures from the 19th century and prior. Many of the paintings are emblematic of French culture and French history in one way or another. They show an accurate description of what life was like in France during the previous centuries.

Petit Palais Art, Paris

Petit Palais Art, Paris

One of my favorite paintings in the Petit Palais and one I visit every time I come here is the Combat devant l’Hotel de Ville, le 28 juillet 1830 by Victor Schnetz. It was painted in 1833 with oil on canvas. The painting depicts a Parisian revolution during the French revolution. I love the grandeur and elegance of this painting – it’s quite massive and commands your attention when you’re in the room. I also love how composed the central figure is: he stands tall easily despite the war going on around him!

Combat devant l’Hotel de Ville, le 28 juillet 1830, by Victor Schnetz, Petit Palais, Paris

Petit Palais Staircase

If you’re a fan of French staircases, then you have to visit the lower levels of the Petit Palais museum and check out the beautiful black iron staircases! I couldn’t get enough of them and took several photographs from different angles. In one corner, there was a long painting by Cézanne by one of the staircases.

Petit Palais Staircase, Paris

Petit Palais Staircase, Paris
Petit Palais Staircase, Paris

Petit Palais Staircase, Paris

Petit Palais Furniture

A collection of royal French furniture is on display at the Petit Palais.

Petit Palais Furniture, Paris

Petit Palais Courtyard

After visiting the various halls of the Petit Palais, you can explore the beautifully landscaped courtyard at the center of the museum. A small café restaurant is available if you get hungry or thirsty, too!

Petit Palais Courtyard, Paris

Petit Palais Courtyard, Paris
Petit Palais Building Exterior, Paris

Petit Palais
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75008 Paris, France

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December 31, 2018

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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[…] a little culture, head to the Grand Palais or Petit Palais, both across from each other, or the fabulous Jacquemart-André Museum. Parc Monceau is a must-see […]

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Ramona Puckett
January 1, 2019 8:38 am

Beautiful! Love your posts!

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