Grand Palais

Lonely Planet review

Erected for the 1900 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair), the Grand Palais today houses several exhibition spaces and a restaurant (Minipalais) beneath its huge 8.5-ton art nouveau glass roof. Some of Paris’ biggest shows (Renoir, Chagall, Turner) are held in the Galeries Nationales, lasting three to four months.

Other exhibit spaces include the imaginative Nef – which plays host to concerts, art installations, a seasonal amusement park and horse shows – and several other minor galleries. Renovations are ongoing and the monument will continue to develop its layout in the coming years, though it will remain open. Hours, prices and the exhibit dates vary significantly for all galleries. Those listed here generally apply to the Galeries Nationales, but be sure to always check the website for exact details. Reserving a ticket online for any show is strongly advised.