Berardo Collection Museum , Lisbon, Portugal - We like to grumble, but when it comes to museums, we've got it pr...

10 of the best free museums in Europe

Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon, Portugal -

We like to grumble, but when it comes to museums, we've got it pretty good in the UK, with free entry to many major museums.
In London, for example, it's possible to pop into places like the National Gallery, the British Museum or the Tate on your lunch break without making a dent in your sandwich money. Most museums in Europe do charge an entry fee, but there are still plenty of opportunities for budget travellers to get a free culture fix. Many cities have adopted a free first Sundays scheme, giving visitors access to the permanent collections once a month, while many other museums offer free entry on other days. And of course there are still museums around Europe that offer free entry every day. Some may be small, specialised, or hard to get to – such as the Florence Nightingale Museum in Istanbul – but many, such as the Modern Art Museum in Paris, or the Berardo Collection in Lisbon, are just as grand and comprehensive as their pricier counterparts. Here are 10 free museums across the continent that are worth checking out.

- Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris -, Tues-Sun 10am-6pm, closed Mondays and public holidays

- Amsterdam Stadsarchief -, Tues-Fri- 10am–5pm, Sat-Sun noon–5pm

- Berlin Wall Memorial -, Open-air exhibition and memorial grounds open Mon-Sun 8am-10pm. Visitor Centre open Tues-Sun 9.30am-7pm (6pm November-March)

- National Museum, Copenhagen -, Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. The children's museum closes at 4.30pm

- Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon -, Tues-Sun, 10am-7pm

- Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nice -, Tues-Sun 10am-6pm

- Museo del Prado -, free entry Mon-Sat 6pm-8pm, Sundays and holidays 5pm-7pm

- Florence Nightingale Museum, Istanbul - To arrange a visit, fax the museum on +90 216 553 1009 or +90 216 310 7929 at least 48 hours in advance, stating the date and time of planned visit and including a photocopy of your passport

- Museo Storico della Liberazione, Rome - Tues-Sun 9.30am-12.30pm, Tues, Thur, Fri 3.30pm-7.30pm

- Reykjavik Museum of Photography -, Mon–Thurs noon–7pm, Fri noon–8pm, weekends 1pm-5pm