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“Long Night of Museums 2013” – a visitor success story

Tens of thousands of people stood in kilometer-long lines to visit Bucharest museums on the Long Night of Museums, Saturday night into Sunday.

Tens of thousands of Bucharesters besieged museum and exhibition halls open on Long Night of Museums, Saturday night into Sunday. Among the star museums of the event, Antipa Museum, History Museum, Romanian peasant Museum, and  Stirbei Palace, the circuit’s latest addition.
However, it was the “Grigore Antipa” Museum of Natural History where people flocked in greatest number to, 18,000-plus namely. People queued patiently for hours to see the animals, birds and the other items on display. Visitors were also able to see “The Human Body”, a controversial exhibition. People also crowded to see the Firefighters Museum on the premises of the Fire Tower, in order to admire military firefighter items, as well as medals and century old costumes.
The visitor tally exceeded 18,000 at the National Geology Museum, too, where people waited in a lengthy line to see million-year old fossils.
Gastronomy was the buzz word at the Romanian Peasant Museum, as the night was dedicated to Aromanian cuisine. The open-air museum celebrated the Romanian culture-dedicated event with complementary dishes (“pita di veardza” and “arizu cu lapti “- RON 5, and “piperichi dinijicati” – RON 10. However, the permanent exhibition was a free-for-all event. Walking up Victoriei Road, visitors encountered a string of museums, starting with the Enescu Museum. Right at the fall of dusk, visitors, who are rather scarce throughout the year, could listen to live music in the foyer, including “Nocturnal Sonorities”, performed by pupils at the “Dinu Lipatti” National College of Arts, as well as Indian music and tangos. The museum was open until 1.00 am. A number of 32 Bucharest museums and cultural institutions participated at the event, their gates open into the early morning hours on Sunday.

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