2014 Museum Night, visitor magnet

Thousands of Bucharest residents took museums and exhibitions by storm Saturday night. The Antipa Museum, the Romanian Peasant Museum, and the History Museum were the stars of the event.

Museum Night proved popular once more among the residents of Bucharest who took the capital city center by storm forming queues several blocks long only to get a chance to visit exhibits free of charge and take part in other events specially designed for them by cultural institutions. This Museum Night’s star remained the Grigore Antipa National Natural History Museum. According to an announcement posted yesterday on the Museum’s official Facebook page, around 18,000 people visited the Antipa Museum in Bucharest on Museum Night, from Saturday to Sunday. The Museum took the visitors standing in a line that stretched very close to the neighboring Romanian Peasant Museum (MTR) on a journey through the freezing Arctic waters, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Romanian Carpathians. One of the other focal points of the exhibit put together by the Antipa Museum was the mysterious world of invertebrates which lived in the Black Sea which included the Monk Seal, the only such species ever to have lived on the Romanian shore of the Black Sea, the Humpback Whale, and the Giant Clam.
The Romanian Peasant Museum (MTR) was also on high demand on Saturday as it provided audiences access to both the permanent and temporary exhibit, entitled ‘Sarkis – On the Other Side of the Rainbow – From Dusk until Dawn.’ Hundreds of visitors crowded the entrance to the National History Museum to watch the exhibit called ‘You Are What You Wear. Six Centuries in the History of Clothes,’ in addition to a series of historical and military reenactments.
On this special night, museum lovers who stopped by the George Enescu National Museum were welcomed by various ‘muses’ creating a live art exhibit in the courtyard. People then moved on to see the Ancient Romanian Art Gallery and the signal-exhibition marking the Year of Brancoveanu.
The Village Museum offered residents of Bucharest the chance to start the Museum Night at noon by taking part in creative workshops, music and Romanian dance shows, and a fair. People who left the comfort of their home on Saturday evening were able to take a tour of the Central Library of the University of Bucharest, built in 1895 by King Charles I. Starting at 9.00 p.m., University Square passers-by took a closer look at the World Press Photo exhibit that brought together the photographs of some of the most prestigious publications and press agencies in the world.
Now in its tenth year, Museum Night is one of the most beloved and enduring cultural events dedicated to large audiences and celebrated all across Europe. Founded by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, it is a special occasion for hundreds of thousands of Romanians. Museum Night is a yearly event taking place on Saturday around May 18, the official International Day of Museums established by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Over 150 museums and cultural and educational institutions from around 50 Romanian localities participated in this year’s Museum Night.

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