Tens of thousands of visitors crowded Bucharest’s museums on Saturday night, the 2016 European Night of Museums – an international event created in 2005 by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and now under the patronage of the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the International Council of Museums.
Queues were formed hours before the official opening at 27 museums and 22 cultural organisations.
The Bucharest Municipal Museum only had more than 13,000 visitors in its nine subsidiaries, including two new ones – the Filipescu Cesianu House and the Nicolae Minovici Museum. Actors of the ‘Masca’ Theatre performed in three places, and music shows were offered at two museums; ‘Timpul’ (Time), an extraordinary show, concluded the night at the Sutu Palace.
The National Museum of Natural History ‘Grigore Antipa’ hosted, besides its usual tours, drawing and painting workshops for children and documentaries offered by Digi Animal World. This museum, however, expected less visitors than in past years, while others reported or forecast new attendance records.
The National Art Museum promoted a sculpture of Constantin Brancusi, for which a national subscription has been opened recently, in an exhibition entitled ‘Wisdom of the Earth – this is not a rock.’
The Cotroceni National Museum, within the palace that also hosts Romania’s Presidential Administration, featured a historical fashion exhibition and a theatre, music and dance performance of children under the care of Bucharest’s District 6 General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection.
The National History Museum also added shows to its regular offer – reenactments of historical battles between Romans and Dacians and demonstrations of weapon use.
President Iohannis: Let us all wish our society to be richer through culture, tolerance
On May 21, cultural diversity and understanding among people are celebrated worldwide, President Klaus Iohannis said Saturday, urging Romanians to take profit of the Night of Museums, a European celebration of culture.
“Cultural diversity and understanding among people are being celebrated today worldwide. Let us all wish for our society to be richer through culture, tolerance and harmony. I am also encouraging you to take part this evening in the Night of Museums, a European celebration of culture. In a globalised world, this would be the best illustration of the European Union’s motto: ‘Unity in Diversity,'” Iohannis wrote on his Facebook page.