22 May 2019 to 15 September 2019

Temporary exhibition

Romantic Paris, 1815-1848


Avenue Winston-Churchill 75008 Paris

Tel : 01 53 43 40 00

Plein tarif : 13 euros
Tarif réduit : 11 euros
Free : - 18 years old

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm

Late opening on Friday until 9 pm

This large-scale exhibition plunges us into the effervescence of Paris in the romantic era. After Paris 1900: La Ville Spectacle, the Petit Palais is presenting Romantic Paris, a further episode in its overview of the great periods that have shaped the city’s identity. This is both an exhibition and a cultural event : a sweeping panorama of the French capital during the Romantic years from the fall of Napoleon in 1815 to the revolution of 1848.

Over 600 works – paintings, sculptures, costumes, objets d’art, furniture – plunge the visitor into the artistic, cultural and political ferment of the time. The exhibition’s immersive design takes the form of a tour of the period’s emblematic Paris sites : the Tuileries, the Palais-Royal, the Nouvelle Athènes quarter, Victor Hugo’s Notre-Dame, and the Grand Boulevards and their theatres. At the same time an additional segment at the Musée de la Vie Romantique rounds off the exhibition with a look at the city’s literary and high-society salons. 


General curators : Christophe Leribault, Jean-Marie Bruson and Cécilie Champy

Associate curators : 

Gérard Audinet, directeur, Maisons de Victor Hugo, Paris et Guernesey

Yves Gagneux, directeur, Maison de Balzac

Audrey Gay-Mazuel, conservatrice du patrimoine, musée des Arts


Sophie Grossiord, conservatrice générale, Palais Galliera

Maïté Metz, conservatrice du patrimoine, musée Carnavalet

Cécile Reynaud, directrice d’études, EPHE

Gaëlle Rio, directrice, musée de la Vie romantique

Exhibition organised thanks to the patronage of   

And with the support of