The Grand Palais is a magnificent glass exhibition hall that was built for the 1900 Paris Exhibition in the Beaux Arts style. Inspired by London’s Crystal Palace (built for the 1851 Exhibition), the 200m long central hall is topped with a glass, iron, and, steel roof and it is the largest such structure in the world. Grand art exhibitions were held here until the 1940s. The Grand Palais was closed throughout the 1990s for renovations, but reopened in 2004.
Though its glory days are in the past, the Grand Palais is still worth a visit, if only for the magnificent structure. It is still periodically home to contemporary art exhibitions, fashion shows, and even car shows. Check the website for upcoming events. The police station of the 8th arrondissement is in the basement. It is located on the shore of the Seine and attracts 1.5 million visitors each year.
Address: 3, avenue du Général-Eisenhower, Paris, 75008
Metro: Champs-Elysees-Clemenceau Franklin D. Roosevelt (13, 1)
Hours: Open daily 10:00-20:00
No admission for the building, but events may charge.