See a great museum for free

By KAREN BRADBURY | $content.organization.value.toUpperCase() Published: January 16, 2013

On certain days, some of the most popular museums in major European cities waive ticket fees. Here are some times and places to enjoy an eyeful without delving into your wallet:. Here are some times and places to enjoy an eyeful without delving into your wallet:

Barcelona, Spain: The Picasso Museum offers free entry on the first Sunday of the month. It is also free on all Sundays after 3 p.m. Details at http://tinyurl.com/a227m26.
The National Museum of Catalan Art is free after 3 p.m. on Saturdays and all day on the first Sunday of the month. Find more information at http://tinyurl.com/agh7cj2.

Frankfurt, Germany: Many of the city’s museums offer free admission on the last Saturday of each month. “Satourday” is billed as family day, with child-friendly activities on the many museums’ agendas. See http://tinyurl.com/azm5um8.

Madrid: The Prado Museum offers free entry to its permanent exhibitions from 6-8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 5-7 p.m. Sundays. Find more at http://tinyurl.com/asoh92p.

Paris: The Louvre offers free admission for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month and on July 14. Get details at http://tinyurl.com/agn9wcd.

Strasbourg, France:  The city offers free entry to most of its museums on the first Sunday of every month from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more, see http://tinyurl.com/baks79u.

The Vatican: Entry to the Vatican Museum is free on the last Sunday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Find information at http://tinyurl.com/yl99qvn.

Vienna, Austria: The Wien Museum is free on the first Sunday of the month. Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/aspgl96.

Special dates:
Museum lovers can also take advantage of certain dates throughout the year. In Italy, Culture Week, or Settimana della Cultura, is an annual event taking place in Italy in mid-April.

During this week, no admission fees are charged at most museums throughout the country. International Museum Day, when many cultural institutions offer free entry and late opening hours, will be celebrated this year throughout the world on May 18. Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/arla3ko.


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