Bucharest museums opened their doors on Saturday night to tens of thousands of visitors – young people, families including children and elderly people – come to relax and admire special things, which, for various reasons, they rarely get to see under normal circumstances. Thousands of people started wandering from one museum to another as the day was closing, taking advantage of the long hours and the free entrance offered on this special night.
At the Old Princely Court, after 7pm, several dozen people were walking among the ruins of the Old Princely Palace, entering the yard, reading the inscriptions on the stones outside and preparing their tour for the evening, Mediafax reports.
At the National History Museum (MNIR), visitors were greeted, on the esplanade, by a “spring fair”, offering a selection of jewels, sweets, clothes and books. According to the museum ushers, between 2pm, when the special programme started, and 9pm, approximately 5,000 people visited the museum. On the other hand, the Bucharest City Museum yard hosted the Antique Collectors’ Fair, while, inside the building, visitors could watch a painting exhibition, take pictures of themselves by the piano, and admire, upstairs, archaeology pieces, photographs of old Bucharest, as well as the recreation of a period salon, the aforementioned source reports.
In yard of the National Museum of Art of Romania (MNAR), people queued, all through the evening, in two lines of several hundred people, keen to visit the European and Romanian Art Galleries, while another crowd enjoyed the electronic, ambiental and jazz music concerts, organized by the museum in partnership with Green Hours. In front of the Royal Palace, the Labyrinth Museum, organized by the “Grigore Antipa” National History Museum and the Romanian Peasant’s Museum, was set up.
The Labyrinth Museum opened for visitors at 6pm and, in less than two hours, about 3,000 people had crossed its threshold, while another several hundreds were waiting to come in. The Labyrinth Museum – set up in the George Enescu Square, by the Romanian Athenaeum – hosted photographs of exhibits from the two museums. Images of butterflies, crustaceans, snakes, birds, fish and mammals, as well as photographs depicting Romanian folk traditions, associated with weddings and funerals, enchanted children and adults alike.
For the first time, this event was marked by … the Bellu Cemetery. This open-air museum invited the public to discover, in an original ambiance, the art collections it hosts. During the manifestation, titled “A Night in Baron Bellu’s Soul Garden”, visitors were awaited with a painting exhibition, a photography exhibition, a classical music recital and invited to join in pilgrimages to the tombs of artists buried in the Bellu Cemetery. Thus, starting 8:30pm, hundreds of visitors from all age groups – from young children who came along with their family to elderly people – gathered in front of the Bellu cemetery, eager to discover the sights along the tours thought up by the organizers and to take pictures, Mediafax reports. In fact, those who wished were provided from the entrance with maps which pointed to the main sights. At the same time, several guides were deployed to assist the groups of visitors.
Around midnight, the streets of the capital were still filled with people, walking around from one museum to another and enjoying the special events organized on the Long Night of Museums. Over 70 institutions opened their doors this year, taking part in the Museum Night, tempting visitors with exhibitions and special events.