The Petit Palais (small palace) is currently an art museum although it was initially built for the Universal Exhibition ("Exposition Universelle") from 1900 by architect Charles Girault. Nowadays it hosts the "City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts" (Musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris), part of the public corporation Paris Musées.
The 1,300 works of art in the museum range from sculptures to paintings, tapestries to icons) and cover a large artistic panorama. Ancient and Medieval collections are displayed alongside works from the French and Italian Renaissance and Flemish and Dutch paintings. Some of the 19th century painers represented here are:
Also don't forget to take a leisurely stroll through the charming inner outdoor garden.
The Petit Palais is located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, between the Grand Palais on Avenue Winston-Churchill, the river Seine and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.