No Euro-trip is complete without a visit to one of the many popular museums Europe has to offer. Even if you’re traveling on a budget, art and culture can still be free of charge. Consider this your guide to the top free museums in Europe.
Location: London, England
Website: British Museum
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m
One of the oldest museums in the world, The British Museum’s collection is so vast it numbers in the millions. Here you’ll find pieces from all over the world, including: Mummies, The Rosetta Stone, The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial, The Oxus Treasure, an Eastern Island statue, and so much more.
National Museum of Denmark
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Website: National Museum of Denmark
Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
The National Museum of Denmark contains the history of the Danish people from antiquity to modern day. Containing works showcasing their Viking history, the museum is a great way to learn of Danish culture. The museum also contains an extensive children’s museum, which makes this a great trip for families.
Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM)
Location: Paris, France
Website: Modern Art Museum of Paris
Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m (last admission 5.15 pm)
With over 10,000 works of modern art, the MAM focuses on European artworks from the 20th century. Containing collections from Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Emile Othon Friesz, and Wilhelm Lehmbruck – the MAM is a popular destination for modern art lovers.
In 2010, there was an overnight heist that would later be known as the “heist of the century”. Stolen works included: La Pastorale by Henri Matisse, The Pigeon with the Peas by Pablo Picasso, Olive Tree near L’Estaque by Georges Braque, and more. The collective value of the stolen paintings has been estimated to be over $125 million. The case has yet to be solved.
Location: Vatican City, Rome, Italy
Website: Vatican Museums
Hours: Free admission is only the last Sunday of every month.
Established in 1506, The Vatican Museums see over 5 million tourists a year. This of course comes as no surprise because it holds some of the most popular artworks of all time. Here you’ll find Michaelangelo’s famous works such as the Sistine Chapel, with the Creation of Adam as the centerpiece.
Berardo Collections Museum
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Website: Berardo Collections Museum
Hours: Tues. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Lisbons Berardo Collections Museum was established in 2007 and contains popular modern and contemporary art works. These modern works offer a look at the current prospective of European art.
Popular works include greats such as Baco, Picasso, and Dali – as well as newer artists Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Lichtenstein
Museo Del Prado
Location: Madrid, Spain
Website: Museo Del Prado
Hours: free Mon.-Sat. 6 p.m.- 8 p.m., Sun. 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Museo Del Prado is a massive museum standing in the heart of Madrid. Established in 1819, it is considered Spain’s main national art museum – containing some of Spain’s finest works. Included in it’s collection is: Francisco de Goya, Velazquez, El Greco, Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio.
Free entry from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. makes for a great evening outting.
Location: Paris, France
Hours: free the first Sunday of every month (except Summer season)
Arguably one of the most popular museums in the world, this Parisian landmark had to make the list. Free the first Sunday of every month, the Louvre contains world-renowned works such as: The Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Venus de Milo, Michelangelo’s Dying Slave, and my favorite: Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People.