Culture on a Budget
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You don’t have to spend a
fortune to see some of
Europe’s greatest museums
FOR ART AFICIONADOS
Petit Palais, Paris (permanent
collection, free) This Beaux Arts
building has 1,300 paintings and objets d’art on display, including
masterpieces by Monet and Rodin.
; Don’t miss: The pomme de pin
(“pinecone”) goblet by designer
René Lalique (011+33-1-53434000;
“Triumph of Divine Providence”
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FOR ARCHAEOLOGY ADMIRERS
Pergamon Museum, Berlin (about
$11) The city’s most visited museum
features ancient architectural structures rebuilt from original materials.
; Don’t miss: The Pergamon Altar, a
three-story structure from the ancient
Greek city of Pergamon (011+
Palazzo Barberini, Rome (about $7)
The palazzo has a stunning collection
of Renaissance paintings, including
Raphael’s famous “La Fornarina.”
; Don’t miss: The frescoed ceiling,
FOR LITERATURE LOVERS
Sir John Ritblat Gallery, British
Library, London (free) This gallery
displays some of the world’s most
important books, maps, and papers,
including original music manuscripts by Handel and Beethoven.
; Don’t miss: Magna Carta—the 13th-
National Museum, Copenhagen
(free) Exhibits trace the Danes
from the Ice Age to the present day.
Viking artifacts include silver jewelry
and small Thor’s hammers.
; Don’t miss: The 3,400-year-old
“Chariot of the Sun,” a tabletop-size
bronze statue that’s gilded on one
side (011+45-33134411; nationalmu
seet.dk/sw20374.asp). —Laura Daily