There are tons of ways to enjoy Paris art for free, from galleries to free museum Sundays, but many of Paris' loveliest museums boast permanent collections that are free to visit every single day. My personal favorite is the Musée Carnavalet, dedicated to the cultural history of Paris.
Built as a mansion in the mid-1500s, the grand space was purchased by the city and expanded into a museum in the 19th century. Madame de Sévigné lived there for the last 22 years of her life, and today visitors can meander around the gorgeous building for free and see the stunning paintings and sculptures of some of Paris' most renowned artists. This is one of my favorites, Le Bal by Henri Gervex, depicting a girl taking a rest by herself at a party. Don't we all feel like this sometimes?
(Sometimes at parties I go into the bathroom just to rest my face from smiling.
Henri Gervex's Le Bal, via Musée Carnavalet)
(I want to live here.
Photo by Kala Barba-Court via Untapped Paris)
(Photo via Travel With Pat And Lew)
Musée Carnavalet Permanent Collection
23 Rue de Sévigné 75003 Paris
Métro: M1 to Saint-Paul, M8 to Chemin Vert