For centuries, Art has moved and inspired us. If we discard art and its components, an average human life would become miserably mechanical and monotonous. So while we thank the almighty for sending great artists among us, we take a look at some of the top free art galleries situated around the globe. 



Museo del Prado- Madrid

The oldest museum of Spain houses works created by renowned Spanish artists like El Greco, Goya, and Velazquez among others. 

Del Prado is one of the largest museums here and its collection dates back two centuries. Although the entry to this institution costs around 15 euros and throughout the week you can visit for free between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

Whereas on Sunday, you can have a free entry between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. 



The Smithsonian Museums- Washington DC
Under the massive Smithsonian umbrella, you have free access to museums, gardens, and galleries. The African Art Museum, the American Art Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt museum are some of the renowned names under the Smithsonian. 

The Renwick Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art are also a part of the massive Smithsonian Institute. These galleries have no bearing on your respective wallets and boast of an impressive collection of works dating to the 20th century. 



The National Gallery- London

Within the pertinent walls of the national gallery of London, you can observe the works of great artists like Vincent Van Gogh and the Da Vinci.

The gallery houses more than 2000 pieces of art and is free to visit. Kudos to the government for managing such an exclusive gallery and allowing the visitors to view great pieces of historical art without spending a dime. 

For art connoisseurs, if a walkthrough is not sufficient, they can attend tailored workshops and listen to lectures on exclusive topics but these come at a nominal fee. 



The Museum of Contemporary Art- Sydney 

The collection at this museum is not entirely free but the institution holds rotating exhibitions and they’re free for the public. The museum focuses a tad bit more on works of Australian artists as they are instrumental in defining the landscape of modern art movement existing within this huge country. For a considerable period in a year, the museum of contemporary art also holds an exhibition of works that map how history is bound to leave an influence on artistic works coming shortly. This exhibition is usually held on the second floor of the museum. 



The National Art Center- Tokyo

With free entry for exhibitions that are held across 150,000 square feet of space, the National Art Center does not house a collection of artworks. Usually, the art hosted here comes from all over the world but you’ll find that every piece of work subtly establishes its connection with Asia. 

Moreover, if the place is holding a paid exhibition, visitors can still enter the building without paying a cent and watch free shows that take place on the second and third floors. 



Museo Soumaya- Mexico

Mexican and European artists have created great pieces of art and Museo Soumaya is one such place where works of great Mexican and Spanish artists Rufino Tamayo and Salvador Dali and Picasso are showcased for free. 

For every art enthusiast, it is indeed a pleasure to observe the art created over six centuries by great artists from France, South America, and Germany. 




Victoria and Albert Museum- London

The Renaissance facade of the building is a visual treat for onlookers. This is the largest museum of decorative arts and design. The galleries are adorned with ancient sculptures and the interiors of the cafe at Victoria and Albert were designed by three different designers. 




Metropolitan Museum of Art- New York

You’d be amazed to know that the Metropolitan Museum of Art houses over 2 million different objects of art created over an extended period of 5000 years. 

The galleries of the museum are often thronged by visitors because they primarily display Egyptian and Modern Art collections. 

If the sheer scale of art here overwhelms your senses, you can visit the rooftop bar for a drink and enjoy the soothing view of the central park. The government has done incredible work in maintaining the museum and the best part is that the cost of the ticket is solely decided by you. Pay as you wish.   



Berardo Collection Museum- Lisbon

A modern and contemporary art museum, Berardo started in the year 2007 and is named after Jose Berardo. 

Berardo’s collection covers a list of artistic movements stretching across Pop-Art, expressionism, and photography. The museum is considered as one of the favorites among art enthusiasts across the world. Open through Tuesday to Sunday between 10 am-7 pm, the entry is free for every visitor. 




Louvre- Paris

It is really difficult to not include Paris when it comes to art. The Louvre boasts of more than 35000 pieces of art and you’d be surprised to know that this staggering collection is housed in over 300 rooms. The Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo are some of the most popular pieces of art here. Visitors ensure adding these to their wish-list. The access to permanent collection is free for visitors but only on the first Sunday of each month so plan your trip accordingly. 





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