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Petit Palais museum

Collections of ecclesiastical art from Medieval times to the early Renaissance

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The Petit Palais museum owes its name to the familiar name of the Archbishops Palace in which it is installed, name that it was given by reference to the great neighbouring palace: the Palais des Papes.

The museum houses a number of permanent collections of Italian painters, local sculptors and painters from the school of Avignon, as well as a number of temporary collections and exhibitions.

There is a tea room on site, you can enjoy a snack and a rink in the courtyard, which is open from 10:00 - 18:00 except Tuesdays.

Admission price:

6 euros or 3 euros per person in a group of 10.

Worth knowing

Part of the collection is here thanks to the Marquis Campana, who was an archaeologist and became an avid collector in around 1850. In addition to ancient artefacts he added sculptures, majolica and renaissance paintings to the museum.

Visitor comments

  • "Great collection of religious art/icons. Well worth a visit to round off the whole experience of Palais des Papes" - Trip Advisor
  • "This museum is one of those specialist "marmite" establishments which will either appeal to you or it won't. If you have no interest in mostly Italian painting from the 13-15 century, then quite simply don't go. On the other hand if that is what you enjoy then you should love this place. Personally I would go back just to see the one Boticelli in the collection which is just stunning. The astonishing thing is that almost none of the paintings are protected by glass or other obstruction. This is one of those rare experiences where you can get up close and properly appreciate what is going on" - Trip Advisor

When to come

The museum is open every day from 10:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 18:00 with the exception of Tuesdays, 1st January, 1st May and 25th December.


Map of the surrounding area