Admission to New York's Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Modern Art will set you back $20; the Art Institute of Chicago charges $18. And Cleveland's own Rock Hall is $22. But the internationally renowned collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art is still free — all the time, not just on "free Tuesdays" or some such. Six days a week (they're closed Mondays) you can browse the museum's outstanding collection of ancient art from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Near East, and Africa, recently reinstalled in the renovated 1916 building; its old masters like Caravaggio, El Greco, Hals, and Rubens; and its dazzling new modern/contemporary wing, which culminates in a glass-walled gallery dedicated to Auguste Rodin. You'll need more than a day to absorb everything, but at least you can afford to come back — over and over and over again.
11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org