Grand Palais

The Grand Palais ("Grand Palace") is a large glass exhibition hall that was built for the Paris Exhibition of 1900. It is located in the 8e arrondissement of Paris, France.

Built at the same time as the Petit Palais and the Pont Alexandre III, four architects were involved: the main facade was the work of Henri Deglane, the opposite side the work of Albert-Félix-Théophile Thomas, the interior and the other two ends given to Albert Louvet, with the entire job supervised by Charles Girault. (All four had been winners of the Prix de Rome for architecture.) The building facade is a prototypical example of Beaux-Arts architecture, and the main roof is an expanse of steel and glass.

All of the exterior of this massive palace combines an imposing Classical stone façade with a riot of Art Nouveau ironwork, and a number of allegorical statue groups including work by sculptors Paul Gasq and Alfred Boucher. Two monumental bronze quadrigas by Georges Récipon terminate each wing of the main facade.

The building was closed for 12 years for extensive restoration work after one of the glass ceiling panels fell in 1993. It reopened on Saturday 24 September 2005.

A little known fact is that the Grand Palais has a major police station in the basement which helps protect the exhibits on show in the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, and particularly the picture exhibition "Salons" as the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts, Salon d'Automne and Salon "Comparaisons". The building's west wing also contains a science museum, the Palais de la Découverte.

The couture fashion house Chanel annually hosts many fashion shows here.

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Kate Davis
5 June 2014
Don't forget to appreciate the architecture of the building even if you don't plan to walk into the Grand Palais - The glass and steel roof is the largest of it's kind in Europe!
Journey City Guides
19 October 2015
Home to temporary exhibitions and big events (Chanel fashion show, Hermès horsejumping, art festivals...) this end of 19th-century wonder is worth for its intricate glass roof alone.
Y Kim
27 April 2015
It is an amazing world class museum. The Velázquez exhibition I watched today was as beautiful as the exterior of the building. Willing to visit again.
Alison Port
13 June 2014
If you want to see several exhibits, get the carte sesame. It is way cheaper, you skip the lines, and you can go multiple times. WORTH IT
Melforss
8 March 2015
Hokusai exhibit allowed me to see Grand Palais for the first time. It is a gorgeous building. Worth a visit but exhibits here are crowded and that takes some of its charm away.
nnii
4 January 2019
Check the online tickets and schedules before heading there. There is a place for keeping tour backpacks and coats during the time of your visit! Travel bags are not allowed in!
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