The Musée du Petit Palais was first created for the Universal Exposition in 1900. It was intended as a city museum that would showcase works from the yearly Salons in France. Most of the art collection there is left over from the legacy of Auguste Dutuit but visitors can also find ancient artifacts, medieval objects and rare manuscripts that will interest them immensely. There are also many Dutch paintings from the seventeenth century that are featured there. The collection of works from the Musée du Petit Palais features a lot of western art mostly from the Egyptian era up to the present day.
Le Petit Palais was first opened to the public on December 11, 1902. At that time, it was located right between the Champs-Elysees and the Avenue Alexandre III. The collection at the Musée du Petit Palais includes Poussin's "The Massacre of the Innocents" and Ruben's "Prosperpina". Another favorite at the museum is Rembrandt's "Self-Portrait with Poodle". There are many great Impressionist selections that have been handed down from the nineteenth century by Pisarro, Manet, Renoir, and Gauguin. The museum boasts of more than 12,000 prints in all.
Address: Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, France
Open hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday closed
Phone: +33 1 53 43 40 00
Architect: Charles Girault
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