First Thursday of each month
On the first Thursday of each month the Hermitage grants free entrance for all individual visitors.
The museum houses over 3 million items including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment.
It is worth noting that preschool children, schoolchildren, and students irrespective of citizenship visit the Hermitage free of charge at any time.
La Scala offers several free events each month:
Creative space for young people Fabbrica del Vapore offers a wide range of workshops, activites, exhibitions and performanes almost every day of a year. The former tram factory is transformed into a complex where creativity and bright minds don't have limits - be it music, design, photography, theater, dance, cinema etc. For current events and activities check a web page www.fabbricadelvapore.org.
Explore art collections of Intesa Sanpaolo bank in Galleria d'Italia located in the historical heart of Milan. Historical building of the bank is transformed into an exhibition venue presenting its art collections to public. Free entrance.
Many European cities have turned their underground train stations into a public art gallery you can enjoy for a price of a metro ticket. Lisbon metro is famous for its picturesque tiles or "azujelo", both historical and modern, and various art exhibits.
Tower of Belem was built in 16th century as part of river Tagus defense system, but has become a real arcitectural jewel and symbol of Lisbon city. From the top of the tower you get magnificent views over the city and the sea. Free entry on Sundays and public holidays untill 14:00, and every day for children under 14. Excellent location on the river makes it an excellent photo opportunity for tourists at any time of a day.
Jeronimos monastery is the most impressive building in Lisbon, a real masterpiece and glory of architecture style called Manueline. It was built during 16th century replacing a church of Santa Maria de Belem that had existed on the sam site. The construction of the monastery was financed by a pepper tax, 5% levy that was put on income from trade with Orient and African countries. In 1604 Philip II of Portugal declared the Monastery as a royal pantheon. During centuries a monastery has benn rebuild several times and the facade we see tody comes from mid 19th century, it extends for more then 300 meters providing an excellent photo oppoprtunities for tourists. Free entrance to the monastery and museums located here on Sundays untill 14:00 and public holidays.