After leaving Bogotá and South America, my journey led me to Europe, and the cheapest flight I could get brought me to Poland, a country I wasn’t even planning on visiting. Initially, I didn’t want my journey to be about history, but Poland is a home to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. The reason there is no entry fee is because the trustees don’t want to keep anyone from learning about the horrible things that happened here.
Everyone who wants to learn about it and visit can do so, absolutely for free. I couldn’t help but feel some sort of fear, it was an experience that made me think about the monstrosities humans are capable of. And it made me think: is fear the strongest emotion we can feel? I tried to shake off this feeling I had after the museum visit, and even though I met some of the best people in Poland, I knew I needed a change of environment.
My journey continued, and the next free museum worth noting I visited was in Paris, of course. Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris has some of the most interesting and unique art pieces I have seen, and the best part about it is that it’s always free, unlike most museums in Paris ( looking at you Louvre and d’Orsay). Even though most museums have a few days a year when the entrance is completely free, those are extremely rare. What makes Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris so great is the fact that you don’t have to pay a dime to see works of Picasso, Yves Klein, Chagall, Matisse, and many other well-known names in the art world.
England is within spitting distance so to speak, so naturally, my journey led me to London, where I found the Tate Modern and British museum. These are just two among many free museums of London, but I didn’t have the time to visit more, I wanted to save something for my next visit. Tate Modern is exceptional, not only because it’s only 17 years old, but it also shows works from artists such as Francis Bacon and Damien Hirst.
Oh yeah, and it’s on a south bank of the river Thames. The British museum is a little different, it incorporates everything it can put its hands on, showing the history of art development and progress.