European Night of Museums

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If you’re traveling to Europe this spring, chances are you’ll visit at least one museum. From the Louvre to the Guggenheim, the Rijksmuseum to the Hermitage, Europe’s museums are the thread holding together the continent’s cultural fabric.
On May 19, 2012 the 5th annual Nuit des Musées (Night of Museums) event celebrates the role of the museum in European life. Over 3000 museums in 42 countries will be open and free until 1am to encourage both locals and visitors alike to enter and explore their galleries.

The European Night of Museums was created in 2005 by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. It is sponsored by an impressive trio of cultural organizations: UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the International Council of Museums. As the sponsors, explain, “The Night of Museums aims to make museums more accessible to the general public and in particular to a new younger public... around a common festive and friendly event.”

The many exhibitions and collections people are invited to explore include ancient, modern and contemporary art, archaeology, decorative arts, photography, science and technology, anthropology, civil and military history, and rural and industrial heritage.

During the event, art lovers will be encouraged to explore museums in new ways via shows, events and lectures. But of course, simply wandering through the galleries in the middle of the night, soaking up centuries of great European painting and sculpture is perfectly acceptable too!

Whether you’re in Budapest, Copenhagen, Paris or Prague – or any one of the 42 countries participating on May 19th, don’t miss this magical night. And if you’re hoping to make it extra meaningful, arrange a tour with one of our local guides who specializes in art history to add more depth and context to your visit.

For more information, you can visit the event website: European Night of Museums.
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