The Grand Palais (Large Palace) and the Petit Palais (Small Palace) were both built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, along with the nearby Alexandre III Bridge across the Seine.
The most unusual feature of the Grand Palais is its roof, which is a huge glass and steel dome – the largest such structure in the world, evidently, since the Crystal Palace in London burned down in 1936.
In the second half of the twentieth century the Grand Palais made a rather dismal and neglected impression, and there were structural problems caused partly by the falling level of the ground water.
In 1993 a rivet from the iron framework of the glass ceiling fell down during an exhibition. The building was closed for ten years after that, and has been elaborately restored.
One wing of the building houses a popular science museum (Palais de la Découverte) and the main part of the building is now again being used for temporary exhibitions, typically lasting four to five months.
Fourth photo: On this photo, which I took from the top of the Arch of Triumph, you can see huge glass roof of the Grand Palais.
Fifth photo: Here is a photo of the Grand Palais that I took from a cruise boat on the Seine.
Next review from January 2012: Petit Palais
Back on the Hop on/off Bus again, and now we are heading back along the Champs Elysees to Stop 8 at the Grand Palais.
We alighted here as there were several sights to see.
The Grand Palais (Big Palace) was built for the World Fair of 1900. The building has an enormous glass roof which we had seen in the distance on many ocassions.
I thought it a very attractive building with its classicist stone facade, art-nouveau ironwork and glass.
The Grand Palais is currently the largest existing ironwork and glass structure in the world, a title once held by London's Crystal Palace, which was lost in a fire.
The Grand Palais is a public exhibition hall and host to a variety of grand events. All types of events take place here, from antique car shows to Chanel annually hosting many of its fashion shows here.
There are actually three different areas in the Grand Palais, each with a different entrance: the Palais de la Découverte (a science museum) is at the Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, the Galeries National du Grand Palais (an exposition hall) has an entrance at the Clémenceau Square and the entrance to the Nef du Grand Palais (an event hall) is at the Avenue Winston Churchill (opposite the Petit Palais).
Not far from the statue of Charles de Gaulle, is a statue of Sir Winston Churchill. It was done in bronze by French sculptor Jean Cardot. The statue is based on a picture taken of Churchill marching down the Champs Elysses for the Liberation of Paris. It was installed near the corner of Winston Churchill Avenue and was dedicated in 1988. Queen Elizabeth was there to speak for the unveiling of the statue.
Near the Champs Elysses is the statue of Charles De Gaulle who commanded the Free French forces in World War II and later went on to form the 5th Republic. He eventually was elected President of France.
Even if the exhibitions being shown are not your cup of tea, this museum is worth visiting just because of its architectural style and sheer size.
This last element was put to use during the recent Monumenta exhibition, which transformed a part of the museum into a giant kaleidoscope. A great opportunity to take pictures.
The Helmut Newton exhibition continues until the end of July 2012.
The Grand Palais was designed by Charles Girault in the 19th century at the same time as the Petit Palais and the Pont Alexandre III.
The large glass roof is 160,000 feet square and has four statues of flying horses and chariots in the corners. The metal structure that holds the roof weighs 8,500 tonnes and is 500 tonnes heavier than the Eiffel tower.
a huge building done for the universal exposition and now looking grand with many multi uses and great expositions. Another marvel to see in Paris. Again plenty written on it, if need more let me know
This is how you can come to this marvel and more
Métro : lines 1, 9, 13 / Stations : Franklin D. Roosevelt, Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau
RER : lines C / Stations : Invalides
Bus : lines 28, 42, 52, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93
Persons with mobility impaired can go in by avenue Winston Churchill
bicycles velib at
Station n° 8029, 1, avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt (near the end of Palais de la Découverte)
Station : 8001, avenue Dutuit (near Petit Palais)
Those like me coming by car, yes an automobile, Paris is great on wheels, parkings at the Rond-point des Champs-Elysées, place de la Concorde, françois 1er, Alma Georges-V, Champs-Elysées Lincilon, Matignon.
you have it all here in English
"Les Champs Elisées" is a very long avenue, meaning a very long walk. That's why, those two palaces standing between the avenue and the river are a very strong invitation to stop.
Considering that they usually have interesting exhibitions, the invitation is reinforced. And looking at the lawn in the shades...
Le Grand Palais was built for the 1900 Universal Exposition. It was intended to be torn down like the Eiffel Tower; thankfully, both were spared. It's Beaux Arts (beautiful arts) architecture is named for the École des Beaux-Arts, located in the 6th arrondissement (St-Germain-des-Prés).
My son, Ian, was blown away by the fact that he could stand in one spot (Jardin des Tuileries) and see several famed monuments: Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Obelisque at Place de la Concorde, and the Grand Palais!
Photos: April 2010 & February 2006
Built in 1900 as an exhibition hall for the Universal Exhibition, le Grand Palais is an architectural masterpiece combining Neoclassical and Art Nouveau styles. It stands opposite its smaller sister palace, le Petit Palais, and both continue to serve as exhibition halls to the present day. After an extensive restoration project that lasted years, le Grand Palais finally reopened again in 2005. It is divided into three sections: two exhibition halls, and a permanent science and technology museum called Palais de la Découverte and is located in the rear of the building. Most of the high profile exhibitions that tour the world are hosted at le Grand Palais.
The Grand Palais (Great Palace) is a large museum complex located at the Champs-Elysees. Construction of the Grand Palais began in 1897 as part of the preparation works for the Universal Exposition of 1900, which also included the creation of the adjacent Petit Palais and Pont Alexandre III.
Open: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Late night opening: Wednesday 10 p.m.
Closed: Tuesday, 01/01, 01/05, 25/12
In order to compensate for the absence of a large number of paintings among with a number of highlights during the renovation works, the Musée d'Orsay set up a quite important retrospective Claude Monet 1840 - 1926 at the Grand Palais from 22/09/2010 till 24/01/2011.
There are many masterpieces (nearly 170) from the Musée d'Orsay and museums all over the world. Last retrospective Monet dates from 1980 so that one can imagine that there will be crowds.
Open: Friday - Monday 9 - 22 h; Wednesday 10 - 22 h; Thursday 10 - 20 h.
Closed: Tuesday and 25/12.
Price: 12 € - Reduced: 8€. Tickets can be bought online at www.grandpalais.fr
The Grand Palace with is curved glass roof, is unmistakable in recognition when approached from either the Seine or the Champs-Elysees. Together with the Petit Palais, it does form an attractive duo on the other side of avenue Winston Churchill. Both these buildings were built for the World Fair of 1900 and they were never intended as permanent additions to the city. We can be so lucky that they were not demolished afterwards, but kept as part of the cities heritage.
The Grand Palais close to Pont Alexandre, has a huge glass roof and beautiful decorations. It is an imposing structure and one of the most beautiful ones in Paris. It hosts exhibitions, trade fairs, and the Palais de la Découverte where one can carry out experiments on basic laws of maths, astronomy, physics and chemistry. This palais together with the petit palais was built at the same time for the world fair of 1900. It is a combination of classical and modern architecture. In front of the building are bronze statues of flying horses.
This building was built for Paris exhibition of 1900 at the same time as Petit Palais and Pont Alexander III. It is on of the largest glass exhibition hall in the Paris. In the basement of the building there is police station which helps protect picture exhibition on show. The building was closed for 12 years for extensive restoration work after one of the glass ceiling panels fell in 1993. It reopened on Saturday 24 September 2005.