Museums to us can be a real boom or bust experience. Sometimes you find a great and interesting collection, other times the place doesn’t live up to the hype. For those who aren’t museum junkies (which it seems is most of the population) here and there a place can be intriguing to visit. That’s why if you can find a good collection with no price tag, all the more reason to visit at your leisure.
The museums here are not an exhaustive list and the free portion might not be always, many museums offer a free day or several hours per day free, others may indeed be complimentary at all times.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
This is one of the ten largest museums in the world and a collection of over 2 million works of art. It is impressive and constantly adding exhibitions and opportunities to learn. Collections span all the major cultures and geographic regions of the globe. The recommended entry fee is $25 however the recommended portion of the payment is typed in small font and not promoted well, so one can visit for free, even if this fact is not readily apparent.
Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C.
This complex of 13 free museums encompasses some of the great innovations in science, art and engineering. Most are located around the National Mall and include the Air and Space Museum, Museum of Natural History, Museum of National History and National Museum of the American Indian.
Museum of Islamic Art Qatar, Doha
This is a stunning piece of architecture that details all the various expansions and dynasties which Islam has shaped during its history. The building offers spectacular views of the city of Doha, a whole afternoon of learning and a welcoming environment in which to browse and learn.
The major museums in London are free and this is certainly one in which you would expect to pay. The sheer volume of classical works, especially carvings and sculptures from long past Middle Eastern destinations is wonderfully arranged into geographic places and time periods.
Museo del Prado
This is the crowning achievement of Madrid and it is free from Mon-Sat 6pm-8pm, Sundays and holidays 5pm-7pm. The collections are immense and show a variety of European and New World talent. The best approach is to come during several evenings to spread out the viewing.
National Museum of China
This fairly new establishment (2003) will open a world of geology and history that many in the west are not familiar with. The dynasties, artifacts and natural development of this part of the world is on display in a enlightening style.