Museums astound visitors’ everyday. But what is most spectacular is that these museums are free of charge. Whether you are looking for ancient history or historic paintings, these are the best free museums America has to offer. Although the price is free, these museums gladly accept donations to help fund future exhibits and operations.
Smithsonian Museums | Washington DC
Washington DC is expensive, but not the museums. These free-for-all houses of history, science, and art welcomes individuals of all ages and interests. With 13 free museums, visitors educate themselves at the Natural History Museum or gaze at Picasso’s at the Art Museum.
Cleveland Art Museum | Cleveland, Ohio
This world-class museum welcomes Clevelandites and visitors to admire the best of ancient art from Egypt to Europe. The museum features the best of famous painters from Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and Degas. Paintings, artifacts, sculptures and blown glass are just some of the best objects in the CAM. The museum was established in 1913.
Museum of Contemporary Photography | Chicago, Illinois
Chicago welcomes photo-lovers to the museum located in the Columbia College Chicago campus. As the leading mid-west photography museum since 1984, these museum feature collections from students, researchers and educators. Explore the progression of technology through the eyes of a camera.
Toledo Art Museum and Glass Pavilion | Toledo, Ohio
Ohio leads the way with free events, including the world-class blown-glass gallery. Stroll through the museum halls while gazing at the best of Monet and other historic European art. In the glass museum, visitors are treated to an array of glass from life-size to hand-sized objects all vibrantly glistening in the sun.
Getty Museum | Los Angeles, California
Garden, art, and architecture lovers, this place is for you. This exquisite building features the best of the art world, and the structure itself is a piece of art. Make sure to reserve a table and enjoy a meal at the museum’s restaurant.
Jane Adams Hull-House | Chicago, Illinois
For those who care about social justice, this museum is for those who believe women can accomplish anything. The newly renovated structure, features an excellent exhibit of the immigrant families who were helped via this home. A newly released exhibit takes visitors the never-before-seen second floor, including Adam’s bedroom, diary, photos and Nobel Peace Prize.
The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian | Santa Fe, New Mexico
If you enjoy American history and appreciate our country’s natives, this must-visit museums allows individuals to explore Native Navajo woven baskets, pottery and contemporary paintings from local Navajo artists. Exhibits change frequently, but try to view one of the story telling sessions by Joe Hayes.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.