The fact that this palace is called “petit” can only be explained by the grand one in front of it, as all is relative. The Grand Palais hosts many blockbuster exhibitions, so indeed its little brother can be forgotten despite its blinging gold-plated entrance door. It was only when a friend of mine proposed to meet here for a coffee that I discovered this relatively small gem.
The Petit Palais is Paris’ fine arts museum. Its artworks are classic pieces that are certainly worth a look, but to me the building itself and its interior garden with palm trees are its unique selling points. It is a delightful refuge from the crowded and overpriced area next to the Champs Elysées where it is located.
Recently there is an extra reason to go to visit the Petit Palais: en exhibition of photographs of artists working in their ateliers. Think Ingres, Picasso, but Jeff Koons too – so much art together!