Friends of the National Gallery
Ireland’s National Gallery is a state-owned institution that’s free to enter year round, aside from the odd exhibition, but that shouldn’t put you off joining. Much of what comes from being a ‘friend’ is about getting access to events that aren’t available to the general public, with exclusive year-round offers and freebies ranging from talks by artists to film screenings and a Christmas feast. You also get access to the friends’ section of the gallery, a classy Georgian room where you can do your own work should you wish, and, naturally, free access to any paid exhibits (recently, these included most of the surviving works of Vermeer).
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square W, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1661 5133