Musee du Petit Palais
Musee du Petit Palais
4.5
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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  • Philip C
    York, Maine576 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    For Museum Lovers
    The museum is really not related to the Papal Palace although it is riich in Renaissance art. Definitely worth a visit for the museum lover as there are several unique pieces. Anytime a collection has a Giotti or two, it's the real deal!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 October 2023
  • retireeVancouver
    Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went to view Botticelli's paintings in Room 10
    I only had time to see Botticelli's 4 paintings in Room 10. Rushed for time, I asked one of the gallery assistants to show me where Room 10 was and she took me there directly which was so appreciated! This room would not have been too easily found by myself and I would have been distracted by all of the other beautiful paintings in the art gallery. Botticelli's paintings were small, not wall sized. One could get very close up to view these paintings. I could see his outline of the figures which were then filled in, the facial detail, brush strokes on the garments. There were 2 of his Madonna and Child paintings on the wall. This art gallery is free so definitely worthwhile for just a short visit for tourists with limited time in Avignon. This art gallery is located at the end of the square - Place de Palace - with the entrance on the square.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 November 2023
  • Ruth N
    Columbia, Maryland90 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large collection of religious art
    The museum is medium size by American standards. The collection on display is mostly religious art of the Middle Ages and a few from the early Renaissance. It is free to visit. Try to go early in the day to avoid crowds.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 May 2024
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William P
Glendale, AZ1,256 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We went to the petit museum expecting to spend a couple of hours. As it turned out we spent about 15 minutes, as there were two rooms open with a very few paintings to show. It was a big disappointment. It's a good thing it was a free entry museum or I would have been more upset! But the museum building itself was gorgeous!!!
Written 27 October 2021
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babykong
London, UK1,223 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
Although this museum is free, most of the rooms/works of art were closed off. Thankfully I did get to see Botticelli’s Madonna & Child, but whereas I’d normally spend a good couple of hours in an art gallery, I was done in less than half an hour.

I was also looking forward to enjoying a coffee in the courtyard, but the café was closed and it looked like they were renovating or getting rid of it!
Written 20 September 2022
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Ruth N
Columbia, MD90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The museum is medium size by American standards. The collection on display is mostly religious art of the Middle Ages and a few from the early Renaissance. It is free to visit. Try to go early in the day to avoid crowds.
Written 25 May 2024
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Philip C
York, ME576 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The museum is really not related to the Papal Palace although it is riich in Renaissance art. Definitely worth a visit for the museum lover as there are several unique pieces. Anytime a collection has a Giotti or two, it's the real deal!
Written 29 October 2023
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dmnickel
Virginia Beach238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Lovely, quiet museum, less physically taxing than the Pope's Palace. Beautiful collection of gothic and early Renaissance art, naturally heavy on Christian themes. If you are seriously interested in this period, it is a great collection for comparing iconography (how various symbols and themes are portrayed among all the paintings). The cafe was closed.
Written 6 June 2023
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H C H
Lincoln, UK60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2018 • Friends
Only a stone's throw from the Palais des Papes, this houses a collection of mainly mediaeval paintings and sculptures from the surrounding area in a historic building. It's quiet - no Chinese portfolio freaks here! - and, best of all, there's a bijou tea room in a walled garden where a tired tourist can simply enjoy being on holiday, with nowhere they need to go and nothing they need to do except enjoy the peace and the birdsong - bliss!
Written 21 July 2018
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Thauder
Lincoln, NE113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
When you get done with the Pope's palace, walk next door to this museum. It's small but the collection is very well curated and it's free!

Very interesting to see some of the other artwork available that used to adorn the palace and wonder at the artistry of so long ago.
Written 28 May 2019
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MrSmitcher
Tacoma, WA549 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
This site dates back to the 13th century before Pope Clement V created the Palais des Papes. The building was designed as a Gothic fort and still has a beautiful arcaded courtyard. It is now an art museum with excellent collections, including masterpieces of Italian paintings from the 13th to the 15th centuries that include notable works from Italy by Botticelli, Carpaccio, and Bellini. The museum's most famous piece is Botticelli's Virgin and Child painting.
Written 3 November 2017
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PhilViking
Chapel Hill, NC839 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2014 • Couples
Please, skip the overrated Pope's Palace -- it is just a large, empty building.

Go directly to this museum, a true gem. It is a large collection of primarily Italian religious art from the Medieval and early Renaissance. Most of the collection was donated by the Louvre (yep - that place in Paris). It is a high quality collection, displayed well. The guards are friendly and helpful. You can easily spend many hours gazing at the artworks.

And it gets better - you can enjoy lunch or tea in the courtyard at Tearoom operated by Mme. Castagna. The "Autour d'un The, un Voyage" serves incredible teas and coffees, light lunch items, and afternoon tea settings. $47 for the two of us for a fantastic lunch in an 15th Century courtyard.
You don't need to visit the adjoining museum to take tea here Just go through the main archway into the Palais and follow the signs.
Written 4 August 2014
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d0meisen
Ferney-Voltaire, France16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
Interesting collection of art from Siena, Florence, Venice and Bologna. Along with Simone Martini and Botticelli, there are less famous yet still familiar names.
The story of how the collection ended up there is interesting too. In short, once upon a time in Rome in the early 1800s, a curator got carried away with his love for art, and embezzled his foundation's funds. Napoléon got his prison sentence commuted, and got the French king to acquire a big piece of the collection. It went into the archives of the Louvre until 1976, when someone finally shipped them to Avignon.
The building is historically interesting, the paintings are well displayed, and the story behind the collection is well explained.
Written 3 January 2018
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