By Mark Kahler
Free museum visits are one of the pleasures of budget travel. To be sure, many of the world's greatest museums charge relatively little in relation to the experiences they provide to visitors. But the following institutions (in no particular order) provide both outstanding opportunities and the luxury of no admission charge.
One of the finest examples is the British Museum in London. This cultural treasure opened in 1753 and has never charged an admission fee. There are fees for some special events, and it's a good idea to make a donation to the museum if you can afford to do so.
Supporting the work here means helping the world see such wonders as the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. But you should plan your day(s) carefully here, because with about 7 million objects on display, it is easy to become overwhelmed.
London visitors find the museum on Great Russell Street, and the nearest Tube (subway) stops are Tottenham Court Road and Russell Square.
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. but until 8:30 p.m. on Friday.