They say that traveling is a personal experience, and not a competition of who have visited the most number of interesting tourist sites around the world. In short, your travel itinerary should focus around what matters most to you and on what you’re passionate about. So if you’re London, it doesn’t really matter if you haven’t explored Big Ben fully especially when you’re just into watching passersby while you sit in an outdoor café or more concerned of visiting museums and looking at great masterpieces and artworks.
Speaking of masterpieces, the UK has a lot of interesting art museums for you to check out! And the best part of it all is that most of them offer free admission. So when you’re in London or anywhere in the United Kingdom, make sure to check out one of these stunning establishments.
Here are 3 of them:
The National Gallery – London
The establishment has more than 2,300 paintings that go as far as the middle of the 13th century. Admission is free for the main areas and based in 2012, the National Gallery is in the top 3 most visited museums in the UK with more than 5.16 million visitors. Some of the paintings you see here are the “Sunflowers” by Vincent van Gogh and “The Virgin of the Rocks” by Leonardo da Vinci.
Victoria and Albert Museum – London
Also known as V&A, it houses around 202,500 paintings and drawings. It also showcases many other works of arts including ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and the biggest collection is architecture. It ranks in the 5th spot as the most visited museums in the UK in 2012 with a recorded visitor count of 3.23 million.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – Glasgow
Ranking 13th in the 2012 list of most visited museums in the UK but 1st among establishments of its kind outside London, the Kelvingrove Museum in Scotland has at least 9,000 objects in its collection. Admission is free and you can find works of the Old Masters and French Impressionists, among others.
The United Kingdom has a lot of museums that cater to various types of interests. The 3 mentioned here are the places to go if you’re into fine arts and related masterpieces.
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