Art is a public service and should be accessible to everyone. With that in mind, I've selected 15 options around the world to enjoy different art styles and keep your money in your pocket(Can't guarantee you won't spend loads at the museums amazing shops!). From London to Buenos Aires, check this selection and choose the museums you want to visit on your next travel destination!
1. The Broad, Los Angeles
One of 2015’s most hyped new museums, the #Broad entered #LosAngeles with a bang—and a banging deal. The museum dedicated to the contemporary art collection of Eli Broad is always free, but guests must RSVP in advance to secure a spot. There is a standby line for those of us who did not plan ahead. (You can even follow it on Twitter @thebroadstandby for updates on how the line’s looking.)
2. The National Gallery, London
There are over 2,000 priceless works of art within the walls of London’s National Gallery, so it’s a bit shocking that visitors can expect to breeze in through the entrance without once swiping a credit card. This is where you’ll see the greats, from Leonardo da Vinci to Vincent van Gogh. If a walk through inspires you to dig a little deeper, the museum also offers workshops and lectures on topics such as the art of Michelangelo, hands-on tapestry weaving, and religious symbolism (for a fee).
3. The Getty Museum, Los Angeles
A Los Angeles icon, the Getty Center(and its sister institution the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades) is both an architectural and artistic hot spot. Visitors can walk the centre's halls and catch Kodak-moment views of downtown L.A. from the Getty’s perch in the hills, then wander inside the museum—free of charge—to see all manner of 19th- and 20th-century American, European, and Asian art, contemporary sculptures, drawings, and more.
4. Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
The Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, housed in a prime example of 1930s Parisian architecture between the Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower, is worth a visit just to see the stunning facade. Inside, you’ll find something even more impressive: The museum’s collection of modern and contemporary artwork numbers a staggering 11,000 works, making it one of the largest collections of its kind in France. The permanent collection is free to view and includes Matisse’s first—and uncompleted—version of La Danse as well as Raoul Dufy’s La Feé Électricité and works by Picasso and Modigliani.
5. British Museum, London
When it opened in 1753, London’s British Museum became the first national public museum in the world. Admission has always been free, and the museum doubles down on that promise by also offering visitors free guided tours through its various halls of ancient crafts, weapons, and household tools. By placing a huge focus on research and preservation, the British Museum has become one of the world’s leaders in the conservation of ancient artefacts. Head inside its walls to travel through time and across countries, from ancient Egypt and Sudan to 20th-century Europe and America.
6. Museo del Prado, Madrid
Madrid’s Museo del Prado is not only one of Spain’s largest museums but also one of its oldest. The institution goes back almost two centuries to a time when art collections were more about amassing the works of a select few artists than collecting a few pieces from a broad range of artists. The strategy has left Museo del Prado with hundreds of works by famed Spanish painters El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, and others. The museum costs 15 euros to enter most hours of the day, but you can score free entry between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
7. The Design Museum, London
Formerly home to the Commonwealth Institute this 1960s grade II listed building with angular roof and quirky exterior design makes this ideal for the new home to the of the design museum that relocated to Kensington from its original home in Shad Thames. It’s certainly smaller than the other well known museums of London. However there are some interesting exhibits and displays all centred around old to modern design "evolution" from the old typewriters and walkman that we used to use to the new computers and mp3 players we use in the present day, quite similar to some of the displays at the science museum though. The Design Museum offers inspiring insights into the world of design with exhibitions on fashion, architecture, furniture, graphic, product, transport and digital design. Alongside its cutting-edge programme of temporary exhibitions, the museum also hosts a variety of talks and family activities.
8. The National Art Center, Tokyo
Instead of housing a collection, the National Art Center in Tokyo uses all of its 150,000 square feet as exhibition space. Special exhibitions range in price and are occasionally free—as is the case with every exhibition celebrating the museum’s 10th anniversary this year. Even if there aren’t any free exhibitions on when you go, you can walk into the building without a ticket and see the free shows that usually occupy the building’s second- and third-floor galleries. Expect art that spans the globe but maintains a tie to Japan or Asia.
9. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires
The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires always welcomes visitors inside to view its entire collection for free—a big deal when you consider that it holds the largest public art collection in Latin America. More than 12,000 works cover 19th-century European art and a wide selection of Argentine and Spanish art, including pieces by Goya, El Greco, and Argentine master Pueyrredón.
10. Victoria and Albert Museum, London
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum houses an unbelievable number of objects—2.3 million—spanning 5,000 years of art and design across the globe. That permanent collection is always free to visit (the museum sometimes charges for special exhibitions), and it tackles topics such as Alexander McQueen, art deco, the artwork of the Islamic Middle East, and 1960s fashion.
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