After going to the Grand Palais on Nuit Blanche, I knew that I also had to go to the Petit Palais, which is across the street from the Grand Palais in the 8th Arrondissement. We also wanted to go to the Musée Cernuschi, which is an Asian art musée in the 8th. As a bonus, both of these musées are free.
The Petit Palais is definitely a worthwhile musée to visit. The building was built in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition. Today, it houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts. The Petit Palais has an outside courtyard and garden, in which you can drink coffee and have snacks. The first floor of the Petit Palais had interesting pieces and sculptures. There is also a painting by Monet of the Seine.
Once you descend the steps onto the second floor, the museum has a much broader breadth of pieces. There is Renaissance, medieval, and even classical works of art.
The other musée in the 8th is the Musée Cernuschi, which was formerly a private collection of Asian art. The musée specializes in works from China, Japan, and Korea. There was even a Vietnamese exhibit focusing on the Mekong Delta.
I highly recommend both of these musées in the 8th – especially because they are free!
Don’t forget to check out my recommendations for the other arrondissements in Paris here.