Who doesn’t like free stuff? Not Urchins, that’s for sure! Today’s Urchin Freebies will take you all over the world. Too bad plane tickets aren’t free…
After a stroll through the huge, exquisitely manicured People’s Park, pop into the Shanghai Museum for a fun (and free!) peep at Chinese art and artifacts. The museum’s exhaustive 11 permanent collections can be a bit overwhelming (oh goodie! another room of intricately carved, square inch ancient Chinese seals!), but make sure to hit the painting and calligraphy galleries. Both sections house some of the most stunning works you will likely ever see. The breadth and variety of calligraphy alone are astounding.
Whether you stop into the museum on a beautiful day in People’s Park to browse the highlights or take refuge from a rainy day and meander through the galleries, the Shanghai Museum is a worthy stop on any trip to Shanghai. And did I mention free?
Situated on the bank of the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan, Poets House is not only a safe haven for poets and writers alike but a strive haven. The beautiful space is ‘a literary center and poetry archive – a collection and meeting place that invites poets and the public to join the living tradition of poetry.’ You can sit amidst the calm white walls and bathe in its serenity while you work on your writing or read a book. The Poets House Library is an impressive collection of everything poetry, from forgotten collections of well-known poets to debut manuscripts and chapbooks from up-and-coming writers to shelves upon shelves of poetry periodicals. And, because Poets House understands the lives of writers, it’s all free to use and utliise.
And I’d be remiss not to mention that Bill Murray had a hand in the building’s construction:
By far, this is the best museum I have ever been visited. The Natural History Museum houses over 70 million specimens – birds, bugs, and fossils. It literally encapsulates past and present life on Earth under one roof. I found the long extinct dodo and other recently lost birds and animals fascinating. There’s also a life size model of a blue whale, Dippy the Diplodocus carnegii, and the remains of the Thames River whale. You could spend a week in here and probably never see everything the museum has to offer. Good thing it’s free!