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Night of Museums 2017: 18,000 people visit Bellu Cemetery, 14,110 Geology Museum, 13,000 the Bucharest Municipality’s Museum

The Night of Museums 2017 saw 18,000 people visiting Bellu Cemetery, 14,110 visiting the Geology Museum and 13,000 visiting the Bucharest Municipality’s Museum on Saturday night.

The figures were published on the event’s Facebook page on Sunday.

The evening’s schedule started at the Bellu Cemetery at 7 p.m., with a guided tour, and included jazz and classical musical recitals and a theatre show. Until midnight, guided tours of the cemetery were organised and the ‘Symbols – Histories of Cultural Lives’ exhibition was open to the public. Starting at 9 p.m., the documentary film ‘Titu Maiorescu and the Apogee of Romanian Literature’ was projected, followed at 9.30 p.m. by an instrumental music recital of the Chromatic quartet.

The National Geology Museum, which had 14,110 visitors, opened its gates at 7 p.m. and closed at midnight. Apart from the standing exhibition, the museum prepared two attractions: the temporary ‘Garden of Dinosaurs’ exhibition featuring the life-size replicas of species of dinosaurs that lived approximately 150 million year ago, and the ‘Quartz World’ exhibition whose central piece was a quartz skull.

The Bucharest Municipality’s Museum organised special events in all the nine museums and memorial homes under its subordination and attracted 13,000 visitors.

The National Romanian Peasant’s Museum was visited by 3,100 persons, who saw the ‘(In)Visible Museum,’ an original exhibition. The standing exhibition was closed for consolidation works. The two exhibitions organised were dedicated to Buzau County and to the museum’s heritage objects. Another exhibition signed by Victoria Zidaru was presented as a preview.

The National Museum of Maps and Old Books was visited by 1,750 persons on Museum Night, 250 more than last year. Children drew up maps and compasses using spices in the museum’s courtyard. In parallel, classical guitar and jazz concerts were scheduled.

ARCEN announced 5,000 visitors at the Central School – former Girls’ Boarding School, and 3,500 visitors at Rezidenta Scena9, a home belonging to King Michael. The programme featured readings, vinyl music, theatre and dance, exhibitions, guided tours, Jam Session at midnight in Rezidentei garden and a midnight story read under the Central School’s ash tree.

The Museum of Collections, a satellite of the National Art Museum, had 2,600 visitors who were entertained by a Transylvanian band and found out the life story of artist Stefan Caltia.

The Animal Farm registered 1,009 visitors from 7 p.m. to 11.30 p.m., and the Bucharest House of Experiments registered 767 visitors, 120 fewer than last year.

In the rest of the country, Moldova Museum Centre in Iasi registered 35,402 visitors, followed by the Princely Court Museum Centre in Targoviste (7,566), the Transylvanian Ethnography Museum in Cluj-Napoca (3,925), the Pharmacy Museum attached to the National History Museum of Transylvania in Cluj-Napoca (3,543) and the History Museum in Tecuci (406), the latter featuring an exhibition dedicated to Elena Caragiani, the first female aviator in Romania.

The organisers of the Night of the Museum announced on Facebook that the attendance reached a record this year. 55 sites in Bucharest and 220 at national level took part in the event, News.ro informs.

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