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Fodor's Logo By Jennifer Ladonne of Fodor's | Slide 1 of 20: Overshadowed by the Centre Pompidou and the Grand Palais, these two major institutions are worth a visit both for their world-class collections and stellar special exhibitions. The Musée d'Art Moderne, sister museum to the avant-garde Palais de Tokyo, traces the trajectory of the European visual arts of the 19th and 20th centuries. Special exhibits, like recent shows on Linder, Keith Haring, and Sonia Delaunay, charge a small entrance fee (€8-€11). The recently restored Petit Palais, a spectacular edifice designed for the 1900 World's Fair, features early-20th-century decorative arts, murals, and mosaics. The circular inner garden's charming café is one of Paris's best-kept secrets for lunch or teatime. Recent exhibitions (€8) on the decorative arts and artists include Baccarat, the Legend of Crystal, and Carl Larsson, Sweden's Most Beloved Painter.Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Paris Travel Guide

Admire the Musée d'art Moderne and the Petit Palais

The inspiration for New York City's highline, this beautiful 4.5 kilometer (2.8 mile) walkway elevated three stories above the Paris streets extends from Place de la Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes. Built in 1988 over a graceful arched viaduct, whose arcades now house the art galleries and artisan studios of the Viaduc des Arts, the Promenade Plantée's lush, overgrown gardens and trees take walkers eye-level through an architecturally rich part of the city. A jogger's paradise, the promenade is a favorite route for walkers and Sunday strollers.

© Admire the Musée d'art Moderne and the Petit Palais

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