The fact that this palace is called “petit” can only be explained by the grand one in front of it, as all is relative when it comes to French grandeur. Both the big and grand palais were constructed for the World Exhibition of 1900, and serve as museums ever since.
The Petit Palais is a delightful refuge from the crowded and overpriced area next to the Champs Elysées where it is located and not only a good spot for coffee. More importantly it has a beautiful permanent and free art collection, as the Petit Palais is Paris’ fine arts museum.
I always enjoy coming back here and wandering through the large halls lined with exhibits varying from the Greek empire to paintings of Cézanne. But more than the art work, the architecture of the building itself is crazy beautiful – I could take pictures endlessly to capture all the details of it.
The Petit Palais often also hosts beautiful temporary exhibitions. The current ones are on ‘The Art of pastel from Degas to Redon’ and Anders Zorn, a Swedish master painter from the same era.