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Grand Palais

Updated: 2014-07-25 / (parisinfo.com)
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This imposing stone building crowned with metal and glass is situated alongside the Champs-Elysées. Built for the World Fair, it has had many lives. It has been a mirror of the 20th century hosting artistic and technical trade shows. Today, at the start of the 21st century and after extensive renovation work, it continues in this vein and widens its scope.

With 77,000 m² and a monumental glass roof it plays host to contemporary expressions of artistic, cultural, scientific and technical creativity during prestigious exhibitions like La Monumenta, fashion parades such as those for Chanel, trade shows such as the FIAC, sporting events like the Saut d’Hermès or the world fencing championships, and even electronic music concerts.

Grand Palais: avenue Winston-Churchill Paris 8th - Metro Franklin-D.-Roosevelt, Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau


The Grand Palais is one of the most iconic Parisian monuments. Built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, it is recognizable by its large glass dome flanked by the French flag. This architectural masterpiece combining stone, steel and glass has been listed as a historical monument since 2000. It comprises 3 major sites: the Nave, the National Galleries and the Palais de la Découverte. The impost nave, 240 m long, welcomes major national and international events for various domains (horse riding, contemporary art, fairgrounds, etc.). The national galleries organize large-scale exhibitions on artists that have marked the history of art (Picasso, Hopper, Renoir, etc.). The Palais de la Découverte is a museum and cultural centre dedicated to science, where children can learn whilst having fun, through permanent collections and temporary exhibtions. A 3-in-1 site that's not to be misses, not far from the Champs-Elysées.

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Independent tour

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Free for young people and children

Free and reduced for disabled people

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Closing times Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Exceptional closure

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