Whenever I travel, I love to track down the local modern art museum and inject a bit of culture into my trip.
I usually end up getting as far as the foyer and leaving in a huff at extortionate admission fees, what about art being for the people, huh?!
Luckily these 5 gems are all either free or below £1 to enter- so suitable for us budget student travellers! They are a great place to walk around and learn more about the creative culture of your chosen destination.
So here goes, my Top 5 Modern Art Museums for a £1 or Less:
The Tate Modern: London, England
In my humble opinion, London is the best city in the world for free entrance to museums and galleries- from the Science Museum to the National Portrait Gallery. But my favorite of the lot has to be the mighty Tate Modern.
Situated on London’s bustling South Bank, the Tate Modern is a great place for a wander and to view some of the best art in the world.
When you’ve had your culture fix, head to the rooftop bar for stunning views of the capital.
MOCA: Shanghai, China
I’ve written about the MOCA on the blog before (check it out here) and can’t seem to stop banging on about it. At only £2 for adults and £1 for students, this gallery is a bargain.
Living in the western world, we often neglect the rising Chinese contemporary art scene when these artists probably have the most to say about the world we live in. Their work is brave, shocking, often illegal. They risk everything for their art.
It’s not just Ai Weiwei who is speaking out.
GOMA: Brisbane, Australia
Australian culture used to be something that people joked was non-existent. But with an emerging popular art scene, more and more Ozzies are embracing places like the GOMA in Brisbane.
It’s a great place to check out the latest Australian artists and a couple of golden-oldies too.
Turner Contemporary: Margate, England
Small yet perfectly formed, the Turner Contemporary is one of my favorites. Named after the legendary JMW Turner, this pocket sized gallery has hosted some of the most famous artists in the world, from Tracey Emin to Turner himself.
Situated on Margate’s seafront, the Turner Contemporary could be the saving grace of the town bringing back the visitors Margate so desperately needs and transforming this corner of Kent into the new art Mecca.
MOCA: Bangkok, Thailand
A beautifully refreshing collection of art is housed here. I had never seen any South East Asian art before so was enthralled by how contemporary and interesting the pieces were.
The museum is often quiet so it’s like a cultural oasis in the heart of this throbbing city. Entry is £3.50 for adults and £1.50 for students.
What is your favorite Modern Art Museum? Have I left it off my list? Let me know via my social media links or in the comments below.