Are you looking to enjoy Paris like a Parisian? Even if it’s raining in Paris, there are plenty of things to do – we recommend visiting the Petit Palace! Here you can see some of the most impressive art the city has to offer. Find out why Paris is historically known for its grandeur and decadence and why it continues to be the heart of the art world. If you’re looking to discover Paris you should make sure to book a night in our hotel in the 8th arrondissement, just around the corner from the Petit Palais.
The Petit Palais located in the 8th arrondissement, between Champs-Elysées and Les Invalides, was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900. It currently displays more than 1,300 works of art from the Antiquity through to the early 20th century. Its ongoing collection houses masterpieces of the Parisian artists from the impressionist period such as Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and Nicolas de Largillierre. Make sure not to miss out on Monet’s Sunset on the Seine at Lavacourt, Winter Effect pictured below.
Next to the fixed collection, there is always a temporary exhibition going on. If you visit from the 22nd of May till the 15th of September 2019, you will be able to experience the exhibition Romantic Paris and Romantic Germany. Make sure to get your tickets in advance in order to skip the line. A ticket costs €11 and is definitely worth it. The Exhibition features paintings from the romantic era, which was an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century. In order to get deeper insight – make sure to get an audio tour for €5.
While the art works are spectacular, one further reasons to visit is the building itself. You’ll be able to see some of the most impressive architectural feats of the turn of the century – for free! At the back of the Petit Palais you will find a courtyard garden, where you can enjoy drinks. The garden is a oasis in the city, its lined with the roman columns and allows you to relax during your city visit with a nice glass of french wine or coffee.
The petit palace is open to visitors every day except Mondays and public holidays, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. And if you feel like experiencing a romantic stay in Paris after the exhibition, make sure to check-in to our 5 star hotel in Paris. Also, the Petit Palais is located around the corner from the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées, also built for the Universal Exhibition which now hosts some of the most culturally important events of Paris. Make sure to see if any special events are going on while you are in the city.