Originally part of the Grand Palais, but now cut off from the main nave, the Palais de la Découverte is a science museum founded as late as 1937 for the Universal Exposition that year. Although it should have been closed just afterwards, the museum remained open, trying to show actual scientific experiments being made in the hope of spurring young adults into deciding a career in science. Whether or not it succeeded is difficult to say, but the the slightly austere nature of the place had been gradually softened, no doubt assisted by the success of the (much more fun) Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie at La Villette. Still seen as a bit intense or fuddy duddy, the museum keeps a mostly educative role, suffering from a slight inferiority complex compared to La Villette. We think that the building is well worth visiting, and although the very young might find the place daunting and dull, young adults (and trainee nerds) will find much to interest them here.
Metro 1, 9, 13 :
Champs Elysees Clemenceau & Franklin Roosevelt
RER A :
Bus 28, 42, 52, 63, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93
from the 2017-03-21 until the 2017-07-16
Baroque during the Enlightenment
18th Century Masterpieces in Paris Churches
Until July 16th, 2017, the Petit Palais will be holding “Baroque during the Enlightenment”.
Covering some of the greatest masterpieces of the churches of the city of Paris, which date back to the 18th century, this special temporary exhibition presents beautiful sketches and religious paintings by artists who marked that period in Europe including Largillière, Lemoine, Restout, Vien, David, and Van Loo.
If you’re staying at any of our Hotels Paris Champs Elysees, this is your chance to travel back in time to the Régence and the pre-revolution period and explore the worlds of these extraordinary French painters. So, don’t think twice!
Christophe Leribault, Director of the Petit Palais
Marie Monfort, Head of Conservation of Civil and Religious Artworks for the City of Paris.
Maryline Assante, the Petit Palais
Lionel Britten, the Musée d’Orsay
Guillaume Kazerouni, the Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes
Jessica Degain, Emmanuelle Federspiel, and Nicolas Engel, the Centre de documentation de la Conservation des Oeuvres d'Art Religieuses et Civiles (COARC)
Christine Gouzi, the Paris-Sorbonne University
From March 21 through July 16, 2017
Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday 10 am – 6 pm
Friday 10 am – 9 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
The Petit Palais,
Avenue Winston Churchill