With its curved-glass roof and gorgeously restored Belle Époque ornamentation, you can't miss the Grand Palais whether you're approaching from the Seine or the Champs-Élysées. It forms an elegant duo with the Petit Palais across Avenue Winston Churchill: both stone buildings, adorned with mosaics and sculpted friezes, were built for the 1900 World's Fair, and, like the Eiffel Tower, were not intended to be permanent. The exquisite main exhibition space called le Nef (or nave) plays host to large-scale shows that might focus on anything from jewelry to cars. The art-oriented shows staged here—including the annual FIAC, Paris's contemporary-art fair—are some of the hottest tickets in town. Previous must-sees included an Edward Hopper retrospective and "Picasso and the Masters." To skip the long queue, book an advance ticket online for an extra euro.
Sep 1, 2014
The Grand Palace was built for the World’s Fair of 1900, a showcase for arts meant to demonstrate the vitality of contemporary art in all its forms (exhibitions, cultural events, concerts, art market). Its architecture, iron and stone, made particularly impressive by the monumental glass of the nave, the largest in Europe. The monument also houses the Palace of Discovery and the National Gallery, homage to other forms of creativity: cultural, scientific
and technical. A self-guided family tour consists of questions for children and parents, a fun and creative way to discover this wonderful building.