Grand Palais


This extraordinary glass-domed historic palace, located on the picturesque Champs-Élysées, works closely with the Ministry of National Education to promote art and education. Showcasing beautifully presented collections of work from American fashion photographer Irving Penn to French post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin, the Palais remains at the very fore of creative and cultural trends. The structure of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN)-GP, built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900 and dedicated “by the French Republic to the glory of French art”, was designated as a historic monument in 2000. Today it is over 100 years old and is one of the most iconic Parisian monuments. Built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, it is also recognisable from far away because of its large glass dome flanked by the French flag. This architectural masterwork of steel, glass and stone is comprised of three major sites – the Nave, the National Galleries and the Palais de la Découverte. The majestic 240m-long nave welcomes a vast variety of key national and international events such as the display of contemporary art, horse riding surface, fairground and much more. The national galleries organise large-scale art exhibitions in this extravagant building, while the Palais de la Découverte is a museum and cultural centre dedicated to science, where children can learn whilst having fun, using permanent collections and temporary exhibitions.