The long awaited event, especially by young people, The Museums’ Night, returns this year, stronger than ever before. Thus, in the night on Saturday, May 16, most museums will be opened after their usual closing time, and the pleasure of visitors fascinated by the brand new occasion to visit the cultural institutions after dark falls will be increased by the fact that the access will be, similarly to previous years, free.
Under the title “Watch The Art! The Art Is Watching You!”, Romania’s National Art Museum (MNAR) proposes the audience, besides the visit to the National Gallery opened during the night, a tour of an “unseen Gallery”.This symbolically includes the frames of some of the paintings that had exited the museums’ patrimonies due to definitive and irrevocable decisions by judges, the representatives of the museum announced. MNAR may be visited starting at 7 pm and until 4 am.
The Museum of the Bucharest Municipality, found in Sutu Palace, will open its gates for visitors at 6 pm, and the night-time program will end at 2 am. Starting at 11 pm and until midnight, Adrian Naidin will perform a show.
One of Bucharest’s most beloved museums, Romania’s National History Museum attends the event this year as well. The night time visiting hours are during 4 pm – 2 am, and visitors may enjoy the permanent exhibitions Historical Treasure and Lapidarium – the copy of Traian’s Column
Famous for its special collections and for its equipment after renovation, the „Grigore Antipa” Museum will open at 6 pm and close at 1 am. The representatives of the Museum have prepared plenty of surprises for the visitors entering the building at the Night of Museums 2015.
“Digi Animal World will attend the Museums Night this evening as well and will provide visitors a special program. Innovative competitions and workshops, documentary films presented in premiere as well as many other surprises will provide the delight of a genuine adventure of knowledge”, the representatives of the museum announced.
The persons who want to discover some of the history of aviation in Romania may visit for free, on Saturday night, the National Museum of Romanian Aviation, during 5 pm – 23 pm.
The most daring ones, who want the occasion to do something special, are granted the chance to visit Bellu Cemetery in the moonlight for Museums Night. This is a genuine open air museum, where important personalities of Romanian history rest for eternity. The cemetery may be visited during 7 pm – 1 am.
Besides Bucharest museums attending this unusual annual event, there are also many cultural institutions in the country, in most counties. Their list may be checked on the website www.noapteamuzeelor.ro.
In 2014, the event Museums’ Night has attracted over 190,000 visitors in Bucharest, most of them in the Bellu Museum (25,000) and in the “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Nature History. Besides the Bellu Museum and the Antipa Museum, among the most visited institutions of the genre, there is the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant – 13,450 persons, the National Museum of Geology – 11,390 persons, the Bucharest Municipality Museum and Sutu Palace – 10,000 persons and the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum – 8,000 persons.
The European Museums’ Night is an international event initiated by the French Ministry of Culture and Communications, presently at the eleventh edition. The European Council, UNESCO and the International Council of Museums are the main supporters of the European Museums’ Night, the nighttime pendant of the International Museums’ Day, scheduled permanently on May 18.
The 2015 edition will be highly special because it will be celebrated along with a protest proposed by the National Network of Romanian Museums to all museums in the country, regardless of whether they had joined the association or not. It is no usual protest, but a subtle one and an immediate consequence of a dramatic phenomenon that has dynamited the community of museums and its cultural patrimony. What are we talking about? In the last ten years, over 120 locations of various museums were returned to previous owners or are about to be returned. For all of these, no alternative working solutions were identified, which is a singular situation in Europe and perhaps all over the world. Museums no longer mean anything, because they were never seen as important, useful to society, vectors of community development, a solid investment. Yet, they can become all of these things if they are helped to.
In order to facilitate the access to the program of the Museums Night, the application Museums’ Night Romania was developed for smart devices.