Based on a survey, 13 out of 20 museums around the world are free to visit. Certainly, these can be maximized to have in-depth knowledge about the cultures around us. You can also enjoy the wondrous stuff while you learn something new from them.
Since you show an interest in museums, we have gathered information to share with you about the most visited museums around the world, that are free.
SMITHSONIAN MUSEUMS, WASHINGTON DC, USA
As estimated by US government, there are more than 35,000 active museums in America. However, Smithsonian museums are part of the most known, even when compared to the other museums around the world. It has 19 museums, and 17 of these are in Washington, DC.
Different amusing artifacts are shown in here, depending on the availability of the arts. And, annually, over 25 million people visit these museums.
MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND TE PAPA TONGAREWA, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
Te Papa, the national museum, is New Zealand’s pride. It has been the country’s history and culture preserver. In fact, some of the displays are the oldest dresses and textiles coming from the 16th century.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CHINA, BEIJING, CHINA
Located in Beijing, National Museum of China focuses on the history of the country. It shows and teaches knowledge from the dynasty of Yuanmou Man up to the dynasty of Qing. It is the world’s largest museum, , surpassing the American Museum of New York. It was established in 2003 when two museums were merged, the National Museum of Chinese History and the National Museum of Chinese Revolution.
COVENTRY TRANSPORT MUSEUM, COVENTRY, UK
Formerly known as Museum of British Road Transport, Coventry Transport Museum is known for its collection of transport that are made by the British. Actually, there’s a 540 transport display in the building. Some of them are the British jet cars (Thrust2 and ThrustSSC), and one of Queen Mary’s and King George V’s cars.
GETTY CENTER, LOS ANGELES, USA
Annually, the museum has estimated 1.3 million visitors. It features the pre-20th-century art of Europe and 19th to 20th-century art of America and Asia. Also, the displays around the property are part of the museum’s collection itelf.
MUSEUM OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART, NICE, FRANCE
This museum presents modern and contemporary art. It exhibits the art of different movements such as the European New Realists, American Pop Art, and others that showed the importance of art. Moreover, some of the artists today still donate their work to this museum.
McCORD MUSEUM OF CANADIAN HISTORY, MONTREAL, CANADA
This museum was built to preserve the Canadian history. Its collection started with the McCord family’s gathering some historical items. Spectacularly, the museum has now 15,800 artifacts that represent the earlier life of Canadians.
NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON, UK
The gallery has collected 2.300 paintings, which are from mid-13th century to the 1900. Some of its historical collections are Jan van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Portrait, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Virgin of the Rocks, Hans Holbein’s The Ambassadors and many others. And, absolutely, it’s one of the best-visited museums around the world.
THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK CITY, USA
The museum displays its collection of clothing, textiles and accessories. It now has 50,000 garments and accessories gathered since the 18th century. More than 10,000 people visit their galleries every year.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL MUSEUM, MANCHESTER, UK
This museum has numerous significant items of football memorabilia. The founders of the museum aim to preserve and conserve the unforgettable story of football association. Another stunning fact is that most of their collection had been displayed in different exhibits of other countries.
NICHOLSON MUSEUM, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Situated at the university of Sydney, this museum houses the prime collection of relics. The historic objects were from different remarkable countries such as Greece, Italy, Egypt, Cyprus, and other. Amongst the Egyptian collection is an artifact from Abydos.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
The museum was established to represent the history and culture of South Korea. Collected items are the Hwangnam Daechong Gold Crown, the tomb of a buried king and his queen, along with their other important stuff, thus some of the other items from the tomb are also preserved in the museum.
SCIENCE MUSEUM, LONDON, UK
This museum has more than 300,000 collected items. The displays tell us visually the evolution of science and how man discovered the stunning technologies that we have today. It also teaches us the nature of living and non-living things in this world.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND, EDINBURGH, UK
The site had been one of the most visited places in the United Kingdom. Formerly, it was two different sites, but then merged to serve more people. Other than its historic presentation, part of the place has an entertainment plus learning area for children.
BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON, UK
Like the other museum, this was built to show great respect and appreciation to history, culture, art, and science. In fact, some of its largest collection is from Sir Hans Sloane, a physician and scientist. The estimated collection that it houses is approximately 8 million items.
PRADO MUSEUM, MADRID, SPAIN
Museo Nacional del Prado formerly known as Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures was first opened to the public in November 1819 when under the encouragement of Queen Maria Isabel de Braganza, King Ferdinand VII decided to make the Natural History Cabinet building as its new house.
The first collection established by the museum was the Reales Sitios, which has over 1,510 pictures. In the 16th century, the collection started to increase significantly under the reign of Charles V.
MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, MONTREAL, CANADA
It was in 1860 when Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was established, by its forerunner, Art Association of Montreal. Art lovers and collectors opened the museum and since then it is widely expanding.
And as a sign of their ever-growing museum, in November 2016, they will inaugurate the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion of Peace – International Art and Education. It will showcase the pieces of Modern art and from Old Masters arts.
Their collection varies from different sections; the archaeology and world cultures section, early to modern International Art, Quebec/Canadian Art and a Sculpture Garden amongst others.
DAIMLER CONTEMPORARY, BERLIN, GERMANY
This museum started in 1977 and since then the expansion has been non-stop to cater 1,500 art pieces from 400 national and international artists. Originally the art pieces were only for the company’s exclusive exhibitions, but eventually, they opened to the public in 1999 after acquiring new space for exhibitions.
The most important collection they house is the Constructive and Concrete art, Zero and Minimalism, Multimedia and Video, works from Bauhaus movement and sculptures.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON, UK
First opened in April 18, 1881 but it’s original formation was on 1753 when a renowned doctor Sir Hans Sloane donated it the royal government. The Natural History Museum is now beautifully sitting under the roof of Waterhouse’ Romanesque building and it’s big enough to house the exotic species. Today, over the past 100 years, they displayed big creatures like whales, dinosaurs and elephants. Aside from the displays, there are also unnoticeable treasures that can really be helpful to botanists and horticulturist; the designed tiles that reflect exotic plants of Britain.
The museum is divided into different zones each according to its category. The blue zone, for dinosaurs and mammals; Red zone for earth sculpture; Green zone where you will discover the relationship between the environment and its inhabitants or life forms; Orange Zone for Darwin centre and Wildlife centre.
ADMT ADVERTISING MUSEUM TOKYO, TOKYO, JAPAN
ADMT was established in December 2002 as a mark of the centennial birth of Yoshida Hideo. In Japan, this is the only museum, that is dedicated to promoting the understanding of marketing and advertising.
In this museum, visitors will enjoy the displays of advertising and have access to a library of marketing and literature of advertising.
MUSEU AFRO BRASIL, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
The museum was established in 2004, from a visual artist Emanuel Araujo. This private collection displays the vastness culture of Brazilian people.
It highlights 6,000 works of art formed from the culture, heritage and identity of Afro-Brazilians, and Africans.
The museum is considered to be the largest collection of textiles, photographs, sculptures, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, engravings and reliefs.
TATE MODERN, LONDON, UK
Tate has the United Kingdom’s national British arts and even international modern arts. UK government had been funding the Tate to continue the preservation to its collection. And, it continues to gain more items from different local and international artists.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK CITY, USA
This is located in New York and the largest museum in the USA. It consists of classical artifacts from different cultures and even religions. The museum has seventeen separate departments.