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The Grand Palais

This was built for the Exposition Universelle of 1900, designed by Chas. Girault. It has a long facade. As with the Petit Palais across the street, the facade and central area are studded with statuary, everything is in Neo-Classical style. Part of the building has never been used (and will open in 2007?). Since 1937 its western portion has housed the Palais de la Decouverte which contains a planetarium and explanations and exhibits about scientific discoveries. We have never used it for our children. I understand that it is almost entirely in French. We have been very successful with the Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie in La Villette which is far off but full of hands-on fun. The other part of the Palais holds temporary blockbuster type art exhibits. We have been to several. No photography is allowed and large expensive catalogs are sold (and can be bought subsequently in bookstores at home). The Parisians are very negative about easy access to the Arts by foreigners. We take up cherished visiting space. The tickets for exhibits are by limited hour (and time of visit) at the French version of a Ticketron, They will not sell them elsewhere. Not at the Palais or on the internet or by telephone, only in person at the vendor. It may be worth the trouble (maybe this will change). For these exhibits you enter through the Northeast wing (see picture).

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Jan 11, 2008

Grand Palais - Coronelli's Globes

Two magic spheres ordered by the cardinal d'Estrées to be offered to King Louis XIV; realised between 1681-1683 by the Venetian Vicenzo Coronelli ,there was the greatest made till there.
As royal cartographer he had complete access to the most current documentation.
The globes invites to a magical trip: the Earth -exotic with peoples from varios parts of the world and mythical beasts and the Sky as it was on the day when King Louis XIV was born.
Each globe ,measuring about 4 meters, is hand coloured with water colours , making each one unique.
There are the essence of geographical kowledge in the 17th century and a really encyclopedia of curiosities.
After beeing exposed for the reopening of Grand Palais- the first time in 25 years- the globes returns to Biblitheque Nationale de France.

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Nov 04, 2007

Grand Palais

It was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900, beeing a part of a large recontruction project including Petit Palais and Alexander III Bridge.
The purpose was to build a monument consacrated to the glory of the french art ;its imposing clasiccal facade is crowned by a « nef » in iron an glas in a pure « Art nouveau « style.
Closed in 1993 for an important structural restoration it was reopened in 2005 ; since there it hosts various art and scientific exhibitions ,fashion shows…
The lacery of glas annd iron of the "nef"is amazing

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Nov 04, 2007

Grand Palais

Just beside the Champs-Elysees, and on the way towards the Hotel des Invalides, you will find two charming building opposite eachother. These two buildings are the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais: the Big and Small Palace. The one at the west (closest to the Arc de Triomphe) is the Grand Palais.

The Grand Palais was built in the year 1900, for the World Exhibitions of that year. It was one big project together with the Petit Palais and the great Pont Alexandre III, the bridge crossing the Seine-river between the two palaces and the Hotel des Invalides.

The Grand Palais is mostly typical because its impressive, wide frontfacade that measures 240 metres in width and that has Ionic pillars of 20 metres of heigth. And of course because of its great roof, that is best visible from the other side of the Seine. This roof is completely made of steel and glass: providing the interior with a lot of natural light.

The Grand Palais currently is used as a exhibition hall. Mostly temporary exhibition have shown a lot of famous artworks in here already. The back of the palace, at the Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, is used for the Palais de la Découverte. This is a museum basically ment for children, where they can learn everything about science, physics, biology and about the planets in the special planetarium.

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Dec 13, 2006
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Grand Palais

From the Pont Alexandre III you can clearly see the impressive glass roof of the Grand Palais, which made me curious enough to follow the Avenue Winston Churchill to have a closer look at it. I really would love to see this building in the evenings when the roof is all lite up, that must be fantastic. Unfortunately my time in Paris was too limited to squeeze that, but that gives me something to look forward to on a next visit.

The Grand Palais was build at the same time as the Pont Alexandre III, in 1900 and is an impressive example of early 20th century Art Noveau. It is a large glass exhibition hall, built for the Paris Exhibition. Besides these exhibitions, the Grand Palais also hosts trade fairs and a museum: the Palais de la Découverte. Here you can discover the world of elementary and new sciences through hands-on interactive experiences.

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Nov 26, 2006

A Golden Treat!

Beautiful find, we just wandered in here (its free) on our way to the Champes Elysees. Various exhibits are housed here, but the highlight for us was the garden inside. You can grab a quick bite at the cafe, but it wasn't great (we were just starving!)

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Nov 25, 2006

Art Exhibit at Grand Palais

We ventured into an art exhibit at the Grand Palais and saw some pretty interesting modern art. Here is a picture of Mickey Mouse as you probably won't see him at Disneyland Paris. The building is beautiful and as interesting from the inside as from the outside.

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Aug 26, 2006

Grand Palais

The Grand Palais or Grand Palace is built at the same time with the Petit Palais and the Pont Alexandre III. The exterior of the enormous palace is an combination of an impressive classical façade of stone and Art Nouveau ironwork. The building has an striking roof of glass and huge bronze statues of flying horses.

The large glass exhibition hall, built for the Paris Exhibition Universelle of 1900 houses the Galeries Nationales du Grna Palais. The building has been closed for 12 years for restoration work, but is reopened on in september 2005, jsut one month after I visited this place again.

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May 29, 2006
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Grand Palais

The Grand Palais was originally built for the World Expo in 1900 and displays modern art. Work on it began in 1897. It measures 240 meters wide and 40 meters tall, it's a lovely building of iron, stone, and glass. The central glass dome lets in light and offers a splendid view when the lights reflect off it at night.

Even if you don't view the modern art inside, take time to view the exterior of this spectacular piece of architecture.

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Nov 11, 2004

Le Grand et Petite Palais

I was so disappointed when I found out that these places where never palaces for Kings or Queens. They were built in 1900 for the World's Fair. It is still worth going there for the architecture and galleries.

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Sep 02, 2004

Grand & Petit Palais

The Grand and Petite Palais, with their glass and steel domes, were built in 1900 for the World's Fair. They are now landmarks of Paris along the Seine near the Place de la Concorde. Despite being called "Palais" these buildings were never palaces; they have always housed museums and galleries for the public.

Entry costs about 6 Euros. Taking a photo is free.

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Sep 02, 2004

The Grand Palais

The Grand Palais was built by Daglone and Louvet, between 1897 and 1900, for the World's Fair. Its large metallic hall is typical of the Art Nouveau whereas the stone facade with ionics columns is in Academic style. At the corners, in the top of the building rush the bronzes groups of Recipon. Actually, the Grand Palais contains many temporary world famous exhibitions

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Jan 03, 2003

Things To Do Near Grand Palais

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Petit Palais

The most remarkable work of this museum, at least in my opinion, is a statue in room 1: “Woman with monkey” by Camille Alaphilippe from 1908 (photo 1). This rather unknown French artist had a very...
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Grand Boulevards District

Paris deserves every extravagantly enthusiastic opinion or review given it. I realize that some people may have a negative comment or two, but I disregard any disparaging remark. An ordinary walk down...
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Pont Alexandre III

It is one of the most stunning bridges of Paris. When approaching from the Right Bank i.e. by the Grand Palais, there is a sight all in gildings: the four columns with sculptures of the bridge and in...
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Palais de la Découverte

The Palace of Discovery (Palais de la Découverte) is a science museum located in the west wing of the Grand Palais. The museum was founded in 1937, and in 2010 it was merged, for administrative...
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Place de la Concorde

This large square always gives me the same sensation: breath! The river "disappears" and we have the sensation of being in a wider area, surrounded by wonderful buildings, where the inevitable cars...
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Grande Roue - Ferris Wheel

Yes, this is a touristy thing to do but we didn't care. This large ferris wheel is a fun distraction in the middle of the city. If you don't mind heights and can take the motion, it's a easy ride to...
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Getting to Grand Palais


3, Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, 75008, Paris


  • Sunday 09:00 to 22:00
  • Monday 09:00 to 22:00
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 09:00 to 22:00
  • Thursday 09:00 to 22:00
  • Friday 09:00 to 22:00
  • Saturday 09:00 to 22:00