Grand Palais: opening hours, prices... everything you need to know about this architectural gem on the Champs-Elysées

Published by Laurent de Sortiraparis, Rizhlaine de Sortiraparis · Photos by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Published on January 16th, 2024 at 10:29 a.m.
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the Grand Palais, an architectural gem in the heart of Paris. Discover its captivating history since the 1900 Universal Exhibition and explore its architecture, which blends classicism and Art Nouveau. With over 2 million visitors a year, this iconic building is a landmark of French art and culture. Opening hours, prices, practical information... we've got it all!

The Grand Palais, located on the edge of the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris's 8th arrondissement, is one of the capital's finest jewels. Attracting more than 2 million visitors every year, it is famous for its blend of classicist and Art Nouveau architecture, its impressive glass roof and its versatile function as exhibition space and museum. Closed for renovation, the monument is due to reopen in 2024, for the Olympic Games.

Beneath its gigantic glass roof, events follow one another, but they're never the same. Throughout the year (before the long construction phase), the Grand Palais plays host to such not-to-be-missed events as Taste of Paris , which brings together the world's greatest chefs to the delight of gourmets, or the Grand Palais des Glaces , which unveils the world's largest indoor ice rink, not to mention art fairs and other major exhibitions of all kinds.

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The story of the Grand Palais begins at the end of the 19th century, when it was designed for the1900 Universal Exhibition. Four architects - Henri Deglane, Albert Louvet, Albert-Félix-Théophile Thomas and Charles Girault - collaborated to create this architectural masterpiece. Construction began in 1897 and was completed in 1900, just in time for the exhibition. Its impressive structure combines steel, stone and glass, and the décor is enriched by the works of forty contemporary artists. Over the years, the Grand Palais has witnessed many historic events, serving as everything from a military hospital during the First World War to a storage facility for German military vehicles during the Second World War.

How much does a ticket to the Grand Palais cost?

It all depends on the events organized. For the exhibition, expect to pay 10 euros for the full rate and 8 euros for the reduced rate.

How do I get to the Grand Palais?

  • Address: Avenue Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris, France.
  • Access: The Grand Palais is easily accessible by public transport, with nearby metro stations including Champs-Élysées-Clémenceau and Franklin-Roosevelt on line 1.
  • Parking: Parking is available nearby at Rond-Point des Champs Elysées.
  • Cab ranks and bus stops (lines 72 and 93) are also nearby, providing easy access to the site.

A living testimony to French history and culture. Its privileged position in the 8th arrondissement, exceptional architecture and rich history make it a must-see for tourists and locals alike.

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Practical information

Location

3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris 8

Accessibility info

Access
M° Champs-Elysées Clemenceau

Official website
www.grandpalais.fr

More information
Reopening in 2024.

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