A BuzzFeed video caught my attention the other day titled, “Signs You’re Still Not an Adult.”
The very first sign is that free equals exciting, even if you don’t need it. My question is, why should free ever mean anything but excited? Especially if what is free is actually really valuable and interesting. Who wouldn’t be excited for a free, enriching, fulfilling experience?
Believe it or not, there are still free things in this world and even though travel is not always one of them, things you do while traveling can be.
Over the weekend, SmarterTravel.com presented a list of 10 *FREE* museums all around the world filled with culture, art, history, artifacts, and even animals!
Of course, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC had to make the list. It’s made up of 19 institutions, including a zoo (there’s the animals!). Since I’m from the DC area, I have to admit that I’m pretty spoiled when it comes to museum-going.
The Musee D’Art Moderne is the smaller, but just as cool sibling to the Louvre or the Musee d’Orsay found in Paris, France.
From experience, I can promise that The British Museum in London, England is an absolutely fantastic institution and totally creates enough reason to fly across the pond. Warning though, you won’t get through it in a day, so plan for a slightly lengthier visit.
The Nationalmuseet in Copenhagen is Denmark’s largest museum and apparently one of it’s most beautiful. Besides all of the wonderful history, they have a children’s portion of the museum where children can try on traditional Danish clothing and explore a life-sized replica of a Viking ship. Can I be ten again?
Portugal has a rather unique museum in Lisbon that is in a space once used as a power plant. It is aptly named the Museu da Electricidade and is all about the history and uses of electricity.
Berlin, Germany has already been considered by many as a hip and happening place, but the Daimler Contemporary has just proven it to be more so. This museum is devoted to contemporary art of all mediums and is constantly rotating exhibits – you’ll probably never see the same thing twice!
Next time I go to Brazil, I’ll have to be sure to add this to my must-see list: The Museu Afro Brasil is located in São Paulo and is dedicated to the African influence on Brazilian culture. There’s a slight catch with this one: it’s only free on Thursdays and Saturdays. Otherwise, it’s 50 cents. I’m so going to plan for a Thursday.
If you want to learn about all the Eastern history that Western text books never tell you, then you need to visit the National Museum of China in Beijing. I’m sure there’s bound to be plenty of insightful displays and delightful surprises in its halls.
The Nicholson Museum in Sydney, Australia has the largest collections antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere. And it’s not even that big of an institution. They are located on the Sydney University campus, which provides added variety for their visitors who decided to take a break from the sun, surf, and sand.
Finally, there’s Te Papa Tongarewa in New Zealand, dedicated to the country’s history, bi-cultural character, and natural environment.
Don’t these places sound amazing? Makes me want to buy a plane ticket!
Have any of you ever been to one or more of these museums? What was it like?
Are there other museums that you found amazing and want to tell us about? Or maybe you don’t know any and want to learn more. Take a look again at SmarterTravel.com, they’ve created a bunch of great lists for museums and other cultural locations to enjoy while traveling.
Let us know your experiences! We’d love to hear from you.