In 2001, free admission to national museums and galleries around the UK was introduced, meaning that the British art and culture scene was made far more accessible for the average person and their families. Today, there are many galleries and museums worthy of a visit around the country that offer a vast array of free collections and exhibitions. Take the opportunity to find the picture you love and have them reproduce in a frame of your choosing.
So whether you’re after some picture framing inspiration or a new print to hang on the wall, or it’s simply a rainy Sunday and you’re twiddling your thumbs, why not pop along to one of these seven fantastic free galleries?
The National Gallery, London
London is home to many excellent galleries and museums, but one of the finest is the National Gallery, located just off Trafalgar Square. The National Gallery boasts a free permanent collection that features famous artworks such as Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. Its twin, the National Portrait Gallery, is just next door, and is currently playing host to a free Charlotte Bronte exhibition, celebrating the life and work of this much-loved author.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Gallery is one of the best-loved art and culture institutions in the country. It is home to 22 separate galleries, and includes a stunning collection of paintings by Rembrandt and the Dutch Masters.
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
There are lots to love about this fantastic modern art gallery. Conceptual art fans should check out the free Simon Starling exhibit on until the end of June, while visitors with young children can enjoy the kid-friendly activities that the gallery runs on the weekends and at half term.
Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall
This lovely gallery opened in 1978 and is well known for its brilliant collection of Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist paintings. It houses works by John William Waterhouse and John Singer Sargent, as well as paintings and drawings by lesser known Cornish artists.
The Herbert, Coventry
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is one of the most popular free attractions in the West Midlands, and has an excellent permanent collection, which includes an early Elizabethan oil painting, an extensive British landscape collection, and several contemporary works.
Tate Modern, London
If you’re going to visit two galleries in London, you could do worse than the National Gallery and the Tate Modern. Located on the Southbank in the former Bankside Power Station, this unique gallery boasts a huge free collection of modern art. It is perhaps most notable for its capacious Turbine Hall, which has hosted installations by the likes of Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor.
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
This free gallery will be hosting an open exhibition from June to September this year, hanging artworks submitted by residents from Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, and Dorset that are centred on the theme of “sport and recreation”.
If you do happen to spend that admission money you’ve saved on a shiny new print or illustration, don’t forget that EzeFrame have a whole host of affordable picture mounts and frames that’ll help turn your home into a gallery of your very own.