The World’s Best Museums You Can Visit for Free

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Slide 1 of 26: They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but if you do your homework, you can get a bit of culture without paying a pretty penny.All these world-renowned institutions are free to the public, or at least have free museum days a few times a month so you can sightsee without breaking the bank.Click through to check out free things to do in every state.
Slide 2 of 26: Cost: Pay what you wish for New York state residents, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut students. For visitors from outside of New York state, adult admission is $25.One of the largest art museums in the U.S., the Met is an encyclopedia of visual masterpieces and a feast for the eyes. Located in Central Park, more than 2 million square feet of space covers over 5,000 years of works. The grandeur of the architecture in the Great Hall, which greets more than 7 million visitors a year, will take your breath away. Don’t miss the arms and armor exhibit, the only of its kind in the U.S., and the Islamic collection, which contains nearly 12,000 objects.Museum hours: Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Slide 3 of 26: Cost: Admission is free on Friday nights, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Normal ticket price is $25.One of the Big Apple’s greatest treasures, MoMA grew to nearly double its size in 2004, just in time to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Now with 125,000 square feet of gallery space, more than 3 million people visit each year. Highlights include works by well-known artists like Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso. Take advantage of the free Friday nights to get your culture fix on a budget.Museum hours: Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, July 5 to Aug. 30, and on Fridays.
Slide 4 of 26: Cost: Pay what you wish; suggested admission is $23.One of the most important scientific and cultural institutions in the world, the American Museum of Natural History offers self-guided tours of the dinosaur, space and Earth halls. From fossils to moon rocks, the museum covers the best of what’s underground and in orbit.For a bit of pop culture, you can see the real exhibits that inspired the movie “Night at the Museum.” Annual attendance has grown to approximately 5 million people.Museum hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Slide 5 of 26: Cost: Admission is free, however, the African American History and Culture Museum requires a timed entry pass, which is also free. The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York does require a fee of $18 for adults, $16 if bought online.The world’s largest museum complex, the Smithsonian encompasses 19 museums and the National Zoo. Features range from science and history to space and art, with a museum to satisfy virtually any curiosity.In 2017, over 30 million people collectively visited the properties, with the Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History the overwhelming favorites.Museum hours: Varies by museum
Slide 6 of 26: Cost: Admission is always free.Founded by a private collector in collaboration with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Congress established this prestigious art outpost on the National Mall in 1937. The Gallery’s permanent collections range from Byzantine altarpieces to pop art, as well as works from prestigious artists such as Rembrandt and Picasso. Don’t miss the impressive outdoor sculptures situated across the 6 acres of manicured gardens.Museum hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Slide 7 of 26: Cost: Admission is always free.The Getty Center is as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. An extensive collection of European art is framed by dramatic gardens, picturesque terraces, outdoor sculptures and stunning architecture set atop a hill overlooking Los Angeles.The travertine of the building itself was constructed from the same quarry used to build Rome’s Colosseum, with visible fossils at the East Pavilion Entrance. Don’t miss the impressionist and post-impressionist collections, which feature works by Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet. On average, over 1.5 million people visit the Center each year.Museum hours: Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Mondays and select holidaysWorth It: 10 Collectible Investments More Valuable Than Gold
Slide 8 of 26: Cost: Admission is free the second Tuesday of every month, after 3 p.m. on weekdays except Wednesdays and on select federal holidays. Normal ticket price is $20 for people in Los Angeles County and $25 for people outside.LACMA is the largest art museum in the Western U.S., and it contains a collection that includes over 135,000 objects dating from antiquity to present day. A few not-to-miss highlights include the grand sculpture by Tony Smith greeting you in the lobby, “Weeping Woman” by Picasso and a selection of Islamic art. It’s also a popular Los Angeles sight for celebrity-spotting.Museum hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Slide 9 of 26: Cost: Admission is always free.Although it’s named the British Museum, this cultural institution features far more than just European antiquities. It features 10 curated collections ranging from Africa, Oceania and the Americas to Ancient Egypt and Sudan, Greece and Rome. Of special interest are the Rosetta Stone and Parthenon sculptures along with ancient armor and mummies. The British Museum attracts 6.7 million visitors per year, making it the leading attraction in the U.K. Even better, you can add this to your list of free things to do on your European vacation.Museum hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed some holidays
Slide 10 of 26: Cost: Admission is always free.The V&A is one of the world’s leading museums of art and design, housing a collection of over 2.3 million artifacts that span 5,000 years of history.Exhibits are continually rotating and feature innovative and thought-provoking artists like Alexander McQueen and Pink Floyd. After you peruse the art, enjoy a truly British experience with high tea in the Victorian period rooms. The café is the world’s oldest museum restaurant.Museum hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m; Friday until 10 p.m.
Slide 11 of 26: Cost: Admission is always free.With over 2,300 paintings in the National Gallery’s collection, you can see priceless pieces from household names like Leonardo da Vinci and van Gogh. Make it a scavenger hunt to find all 30 highlighted artists. In the year ending March 31, 2017, over 6.2 million visitors admired the works.Museum hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday until 9 p.m.Learn: 30 Secrets to Save Big on Last-Minute Travel
Slide 12 of 26: Cost: Admission is free with the exception of special exhibits.Home to the national collection of British art from the 1500s through modern day, the Tate houses nearly 70,000 works of art. Keep an eye out for works by John Constable, one of Britain’s most beloved painters, and “Ophelia” by Sir John Everett Millais, inspired by Shakespeare’s twisted saga.Museum hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.Enjoy: Your Cost to See the 16 Weirdest Museum Attractions
Slide 13 of 26: Cost: Admission is free on Saturdays. Normal ticket price is about $6.One of the best modern and contemporary art museums in Lisbon, the permanent collection includes works from big-name 20th-century artists like Picasso, Warhol and Marcel Duchamp. More than 70 different artists are represented, chronicling more than 900 works.Museum hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. except for a few holidays
Slide 14 of 26: Cost: Admission is free from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays and all day the first Sunday of the month. Normal ticket price is about $14.The Picasso Museum is unique in that it’s based on the artist’s personal experience living in Barcelona. Created by his confidant and friend Jaime Sabartes, the structure is a converted 15th-century palace.Museum hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays until 9.30 p.m.; closed on certain holidays.Visit These: The Most Underrated Travel Spot in Every State
Slide 15 of 26: Cost: Admission is always free.An iconic symbol of a nation divided, the Berlin Wall separated East and West Germany during the age of communism. Many died trying to escape the dictatorship until the wall finally fell in 1989. The site today holds a touching open-air memorial with sections for a Window of Remembrance and the Chapel of Reconciliation.Museum hours: The visitor center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the open-air exhibition center and memorial grounds are open Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Slide 16 of 26: Cost: Admission is free Monday through Saturday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays and holidays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Normal ticket price is about $17.The Prado Museum started as a private collection of Spain’s 16th- and 17th-century monarchs. It includes the largest collection of Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya works anywhere in the world. The museum is organized by themes — some of the standouts being royal portraits, mythological deities and social realism, which depict everyday life in Spain. Time your visit for the free admission hours to help keep your vacation costs low.Museum hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays and holidays until 7 p.m.
Slide 17 of 26: Cost: Admission is always free, but specific dates and times must be reserved in advance online.For a deeply moving experience, plan a visit to Auschwitz, the largest concentration camp established by the Nazi regime. In 2016, more than 2 million visitors came to pay tribute to the countless people who lost their lives in the horrific tragedy.Museum hours: Open daily. In December, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; January and November until 3 p.m.; February until 4 p.m.; March and October until 5 p.m.; April, May and September until 6 p.m.; June, July and August until 7 p.m.
Slide 18 of 26: Cost: Admission is free with the exception of special exhibits.The City of Paris Museum of Modern Art is housed in a stunning palace between the Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower, with architecture that’s distinctly 1930s Parisian. With over 13,000 pieces in the collection, it’s one of the largest contemporary art museums in France. Major 20th-century artists like Picasso, Raoul Dufy, Amedeo Clemente Modigliani, Francis Picabia and Marc Chagall are on display.Museum hours:  Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Slide 19 of 26: Cost: Admission is free the first Thursday of the month. Normal ticket price is approximately $17.95.A massive museum complex, the six buildings of the State Hermitage Museum contain the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Theatre. The State Hermitage holds over 3 million works of art and cultural artifacts.Museum hours: The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday until 9 p.m.For Your Next Trip: 25 Coolest Family Vacation Spots in the US
Slide 20 of 26: Cost: Admission is always free.Located on Tiananmen Square, the National Museum of China is actually two museums, the National Museum of Chinese History and the National Museum of Chinese Revolution. They combine to showcase the country’s history and art. It is the largest single-building museum in the world with a floor area of almost 200,000 square feet. Don’t miss the permanent exhibits “Ancient China” and “The Road to Rejuvenation” for an in-depth look into the country’s tumultuous past.Museum hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Mondays
Slide 21 of 26: Cost: Admission is free, but there is a fee for the Special Exhibition Gallery.This cultural hub in Seoul provides a good overview of the country’s history and culture through the ages. The permanent exhibits take you through the Paleolithic Age to the gilded Three Kingdoms Period and finally up to modern day. Don’t miss the fascinating medieval relics from the various dynasties that offer a look into the life of the monarchy in Asia.Museum hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday until 9 p.m.; Sundays until 7 p.m.Be Prepared: The Ultimate Guide to Spending Your Money Around the World
Slide 22 of 26: Cost: Admission is free Friday nights, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Normal ticket price is approximately $6.Housed in a restored Catholic boys’ school, the Singapore Art Museum was the first art museum in Singapore. It is home to one of the most impressive public collections of contemporary Southeast Asian works. Exhibits change every few months, but currently on display is the eighth edition of “Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time.”Museum hours: Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Friday open until 9 p.m.
Slide 23 of 26: Cost: Admission is free on Sundays. Normal ticket price is approximately $3.50.The first art museum and national theater in Mexico, the Palacio de Bellas Artes is a shrine to Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, along with other art. The colorful and intricate murals are the main highlight.Museum hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Slide 24 of 26: Cost: Admission is free on Sundays. Normal ticket price is approximately $1.40.Translating to the Gold Museum, the Museo del Oro is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Colombia. You can learn about everything from the mining and manufacturing process to beautifully crafted relics created out of precious metal. Explore the symbolism and the cosmology of the sculptures to get a sense of the indigenous societies’ beliefs and values.Museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Slide 25 of 26: Cost: Admission is always free.Australia’s oldest university museum, the Nicholson is home to the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere. The museum features incredible archaeological finds from ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Italy. Of special interest are the mummies, Roman sculptures and Cypriot collection, one of the largest outside Cyprus.Museum hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; the first Saturday of every month, noon to 4 p.m.
Slide 26 of 26: Cost: Admission is free with the exception of special exhibits.New Zealand’s national museum of culture, Te Papa Tongarewa, celebrates the history of the Maori people and the Pacific Island lifestyle. The name loosely translates to “container of treasures,” which is a classical expression based on Maori poetry and song. Given the collection’s indigenous origins, not-to-miss highlights include 30,000 Taonga icons, which are symbols of tribal carvings, garments and weaponry.Museum hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Click through to read more about how to travel the world for practically free.More on EntertainmentStubHub vs. Ticketmaster: Where to Get the Best Cheap TicketsThis Expert Doesn’t Use the Popular 50/30/20 Budget RuleRanked: Most (and Least) Expensive Stadiums for NFL Fans to Watch a Football Game

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but if you do your homework, you can get a bit of culture without paying a pretty penny.

All these world-renowned institutions are free to the public, or at least have free museum days a few times a month so you can sightsee without breaking the bank.

Click through to check out free things to do in every state.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art — New York City

Cost: Pay what you wish for New York state residents, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut students. For visitors from outside of New York state, adult admission is $25.

One of the largest art museums in the U.S., the Met is an encyclopedia of visual masterpieces and a feast for the eyes. Located in Central Park, more than 2 million square feet of space covers over 5,000 years of works. The grandeur of the architecture in the Great Hall, which greets more than 7 million visitors a year, will take your breath away. Don’t miss the arms and armor exhibit, the only of its kind in the U.S., and the Islamic collection, which contains nearly 12,000 objects.

Museum hours: Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Museum of Modern Art — New York City

Cost: Admission is free on Friday nights, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Normal ticket price is $25.

One of the Big Apple’s greatest treasures, MoMA grew to nearly double its size in 2004, just in time to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Now with 125,000 square feet of gallery space, more than 3 million people visit each year. Highlights include works by well-known artists like Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso. Take advantage of the free Friday nights to get your culture fix on a budget.

Museum hours: Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, July 5 to Aug. 30, and on Fridays.

The American Museum of Natural History — New York City

Cost: Pay what you wish; suggested admission is $23.

One of the most important scientific and cultural institutions in the world, the American Museum of Natural History offers self-guided tours of the dinosaur, space and Earth halls. From fossils to moon rocks, the museum covers the best of what’s underground and in orbit.

For a bit of pop culture, you can see the real exhibits that inspired the movie “Night at the Museum.” Annual attendance has grown to approximately 5 million people.

Museum hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Smithsonian Museums — Washington, D.C.

Cost: Admission is free, however, the African American History and Culture Museum requires a timed entry pass, which is also free. The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York does require a fee of $18 for adults, $16 if bought online.

The world’s largest museum complex, the Smithsonian encompasses 19 museums and the National Zoo. Features range from science and history to space and art, with a museum to satisfy virtually any curiosity.

In 2017, over 30 million people collectively visited the properties, with the Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History the overwhelming favorites.

Museum hours: Varies by museum

National Gallery of Art — Washington, D.C.

Cost: Admission is always free.

Founded by a private collector in collaboration with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Congress established this prestigious art outpost on the National Mall in 1937. The Gallery’s permanent collections range from Byzantine altarpieces to pop art, as well as works from prestigious artists such as Rembrandt and Picasso. Don’t miss the impressive outdoor sculptures situated across the 6 acres of manicured gardens.

Museum hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Getty Center — Los Angeles

Cost: Admission is always free.

The Getty Center is as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. An extensive collection of European art is framed by dramatic gardens, picturesque terraces, outdoor sculptures and stunning architecture set atop a hill overlooking Los Angeles.

The travertine of the building itself was constructed from the same quarry used to build Rome’s Colosseum, with visible fossils at the East Pavilion Entrance. Don’t miss the impressionist and post-impressionist collections, which feature works by Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet. On average, over 1.5 million people visit the Center each year.

Museum hours: Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Mondays and select holidays

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art — Los Angeles

Cost: Admission is free the second Tuesday of every month, after 3 p.m. on weekdays except Wednesdays and on select federal holidays. Normal ticket price is $20 for people in Los Angeles County and $25 for people outside.

LACMA is the largest art museum in the Western U.S., and it contains a collection that includes over 135,000 objects dating from antiquity to present day. A few not-to-miss highlights include the grand sculpture by Tony Smith greeting you in the lobby, “Weeping Woman” by Picasso and a selection of Islamic art. It’s also a popular Los Angeles sight for celebrity-spotting.

Museum hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The British Museum — London

Cost: Admission is always free.

Although it’s named the British Museum, this cultural institution features far more than just European antiquities. It features 10 curated collections ranging from Africa, Oceania and the Americas to Ancient Egypt and Sudan, Greece and Rome. Of special interest are the Rosetta Stone and Parthenon sculptures along with ancient armor and mummies. The British Museum attracts 6.7 million visitors per year, making it the leading attraction in the U.K. Even better, you can add this to your list of free things to do on your European vacation.

Museum hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed some holidays

Victoria and Albert Museum — London

Cost: Admission is always free.

The V&A is one of the world’s leading museums of art and design, housing a collection of over 2.3 million artifacts that span 5,000 years of history.

Exhibits are continually rotating and feature innovative and thought-provoking artists like Alexander McQueen and Pink Floyd. After you peruse the art, enjoy a truly British experience with high tea in the Victorian period rooms. The café is the world’s oldest museum restaurant.

Museum hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m; Friday until 10 p.m.

The National Gallery — London

Cost: Admission is always free.

With over 2,300 paintings in the National Gallery’s collection, you can see priceless pieces from household names like Leonardo da Vinci and van Gogh. Make it a scavenger hunt to find all 30 highlighted artists. In the year ending March 31, 2017, over 6.2 million visitors admired the works.

Museum hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday until 9 p.m.

Tate Modern — London

Cost: Admission is free with the exception of special exhibits.

Home to the national collection of British art from the 1500s through modern day, the Tate houses nearly 70,000 works of art. Keep an eye out for works by John Constable, one of Britain’s most beloved painters, and “Ophelia” by Sir John Everett Millais, inspired by Shakespeare’s twisted saga.

Museum hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.

Berardo Collection Museum — Lisbon, Portugal

Cost: Admission is free on Saturdays. Normal ticket price is about $6.

One of the best modern and contemporary art museums in Lisbon, the permanent collection includes works from big-name 20th-century artists like Picasso, Warhol and Marcel Duchamp. More than 70 different artists are represented, chronicling more than 900 works.

Museum hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. except for a few holidays

Picasso Museum — Barcelona, Spain

Cost: Admission is free from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays and all day the first Sunday of the month. Normal ticket price is about $14.

The Picasso Museum is unique in that it’s based on the artist’s personal experience living in Barcelona. Created by his confidant and friend Jaime Sabartes, the structure is a converted 15th-century palace.

Museum hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays until 9.30 p.m.; closed on certain holidays.

Berlin Wall Memorial — Berlin

Cost: Admission is always free.

An iconic symbol of a nation divided, the Berlin Wall separated East and West Germany during the age of communism. Many died trying to escape the dictatorship until the wall finally fell in 1989. The site today holds a touching open-air memorial with sections for a Window of Remembrance and the Chapel of Reconciliation.

Museum hours: The visitor center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the open-air exhibition center and memorial grounds are open Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Prado Museum — Madrid

Cost: Admission is free Monday through Saturday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays and holidays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Normal ticket price is about $17.

The Prado Museum started as a private collection of Spain’s 16th- and 17th-century monarchs. It includes the largest collection of Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya works anywhere in the world. The museum is organized by themes — some of the standouts being royal portraits, mythological deities and social realism, which depict everyday life in Spain. Time your visit for the free admission hours to help keep your vacation costs low.

Museum hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays and holidays until 7 p.m.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum — Oświęcim, Poland

Cost: Admission is always free, but specific dates and times must be reserved in advance online.

For a deeply moving experience, plan a visit to Auschwitz, the largest concentration camp established by the Nazi regime. In 2016, more than 2 million visitors came to pay tribute to the countless people who lost their lives in the horrific tragedy.

Museum hours: Open daily. In December, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; January and November until 3 p.m.; February until 4 p.m.; March and October until 5 p.m.; April, May and September until 6 p.m.; June, July and August until 7 p.m.

City of Paris Museum of Modern Art — Paris

Cost: Admission is free with the exception of special exhibits.

The City of Paris Museum of Modern Art is housed in a stunning palace between the Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower, with architecture that’s distinctly 1930s Parisian. With over 13,000 pieces in the collection, it’s one of the largest contemporary art museums in France. Major 20th-century artists like Picasso, Raoul Dufy, Amedeo Clemente Modigliani, Francis Picabia and Marc Chagall are on display.

Museum hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The State Hermitage Museum — St. Petersburg, Russia

Cost: Admission is free the first Thursday of the month. Normal ticket price is approximately $17.95.

A massive museum complex, the six buildings of the State Hermitage Museum contain the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Theatre. The State Hermitage holds over 3 million works of art and cultural artifacts.

Museum hours: The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday until 9 p.m.

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National Museum of China — Beijing

Cost: Admission is always free.

Located on Tiananmen Square, the National Museum of China is actually two museums, the National Museum of Chinese History and the National Museum of Chinese Revolution. They combine to showcase the country’s history and art. It is the largest single-building museum in the world with a floor area of almost 200,000 square feet. Don’t miss the permanent exhibits “Ancient China” and “The Road to Rejuvenation” for an in-depth look into the country’s tumultuous past.

Museum hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Mondays

The National Museum of Korea — Seoul, South Korea

Cost: Admission is free, but there is a fee for the Special Exhibition Gallery.

This cultural hub in Seoul provides a good overview of the country’s history and culture through the ages. The permanent exhibits take you through the Paleolithic Age to the gilded Three Kingdoms Period and finally up to modern day. Don’t miss the fascinating medieval relics from the various dynasties that offer a look into the life of the monarchy in Asia.

Museum hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday until 9 p.m.; Sundays until 7 p.m.

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Singapore Art Museum — Singapore

Cost: Admission is free Friday nights, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Normal ticket price is approximately $6.

Housed in a restored Catholic boys’ school, the Singapore Art Museum was the first art museum in Singapore. It is home to one of the most impressive public collections of contemporary Southeast Asian works. Exhibits change every few months, but currently on display is the eighth edition of “Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time.”

Museum hours: Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Friday open until 9 p.m.

Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes — Mexico City

Cost: Admission is free on Sundays. Normal ticket price is approximately $3.50.

The first art museum and national theater in Mexico, the Palacio de Bellas Artes is a shrine to Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, along with other art. The colorful and intricate murals are the main highlight.

Museum hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Museo del Oro — Bogota, Colombia

Cost: Admission is free on Sundays. Normal ticket price is approximately $1.40.

Translating to the Gold Museum, the Museo del Oro is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Colombia. You can learn about everything from the mining and manufacturing process to beautifully crafted relics created out of precious metal. Explore the symbolism and the cosmology of the sculptures to get a sense of the indigenous societies’ beliefs and values.

Museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nicholson Museum — Sydney

Cost: Admission is always free.

Australia’s oldest university museum, the Nicholson is home to the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere. The museum features incredible archaeological finds from ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Italy. Of special interest are the mummies, Roman sculptures and Cypriot collection, one of the largest outside Cyprus.

Museum hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; the first Saturday of every month, noon to 4 p.m.

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa — Wellington, New Zealand

Cost: Admission is free with the exception of special exhibits.

New Zealand’s national museum of culture, Te Papa Tongarewa, celebrates the history of the Maori people and the Pacific Island lifestyle. The name loosely translates to “container of treasures,” which is a classical expression based on Maori poetry and song. Given the collection’s indigenous origins, not-to-miss highlights include 30,000 Taonga icons, which are symbols of tribal carvings, garments and weaponry.

Museum hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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