Grand Palais - RMN

Grand Palais

Located in the heart of Paris on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Grand Palais is the iconic monument of the “Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais”, or “Rmn-GP”. Built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900 and dedicated “by the French Republic to the glory of French art”, it was designated as a historic monument in 2000. The Rmn-GP was set up in 2011 following the merger between the Réunion des musées nationaux and the Grand Palais, hence our name.

As we believe in culture in the broadest sense, our programme is a mixture of fine arts, fashion, photography, music, dance, cinema, theatre and even sport. In short, there’s something for everyone!

It is actually nothing new: since its earliest days the Grand Palais has hosted a multitude of extremely diverse events, from the highly prestigious to the very unusual – traditional art salons like the Salon des Artistes Français, Salon d’Automne, Salon des Indépendants and since 1977, FIAC, as well as dance shows and concerts. It has also hosted equestrian competitions and even a boxing match with Marcel Cerdan Jr. in 1972. A witness to 20th century progress, the Grand Palais has seen the growth of car and aviation shows, as well as Ideal Homes exhibitions. Various old photographs tell the story of these events, which are still the stuff of dreams today. 

To provide you with the proper facility for all such events, we have worked hard to organize our various spaces to suit their specific features. You can choose from:

The Nave (13,500 m2) for the most prestigious events in the cultural calendar
The National Galleries (4,000 m2) for our major international art exhibitions
The Salon d’Honneur (1,200 m2) for smaller-scale events. Recently it was transformed into a theatre stage to host the Comédie-Française.
The South-East Gallery (650 m2) for a wide range of events, exhibitions and shows during Fashion Week.
The auditorium (seating 360) for a whole series of conferences, screenings, meetings, and free discussions linked to our exhibitions.
MK2 cinema (seating 104) is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. It offers a programme of documentaries, monographic seasons, morning kids’ programmes, and a strong focus on short films.
The Palais de la Découverte has been the Paris science centre since 1937.

Grand Palais Nave and South East Gallery
Winston Churchill Entrance, avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8ème

National Galleries
Clémenceau Entrance, place Clémenceau, Paris 8ème
Square Jean Perrin, Champs-Elysées, avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8ème

Salon d'Honneur
Square Jean Perrin Entrance, Champs-Elysées, avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8ème

Other venues

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