Long Night of Museums

Long Night of Museums
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The Long Night of Museums (Lange Nacht der Museen) is an annual cultural event held in over 120 cities throughout Europe and on other continents. The project began in the late 1990s with the Long Night of Museums in Berlin.

The first Long Night of Museums was held in Berlin in 1997 to boost tourism in the German capital. 18 museums and cultural institutions remained open late into the night to introduce themselves to new potential patrons. The event was a such a success that it was decided to hold it annually.

Since the inception of the Long Night of Museums in Berlin, the number of participating museums, exhibitions and institutions has increased to more than eighty. They keep their doors open until way past midnight, offering exciting activities for attendees of all ages and backgrounds.

The program of the Long Night of Museums comprises various events and activities, including guided tours, express tours, talks, artists’ discussions, stage shows and performances, music, films screenings, readings, activities specifically designed for children, and more. Many tours are in German, but there are plenty of English-language activities, too.

All visitors get a single pass that grants them access to all participating institutions. There are discounts for schoolchildren, trainees, students, people with disabilities, recipients of unemployment benefit, and members of the federal volunteer service. Children under 12 have free admission.

Of course, it is impossible to visit all participating museums and institutions in one night, even if this night is called the long night. If you can’t decide on a route, you can take advantage at one of several routes offered by the organizers. Hop on a special bus and it will take you on a thrilling journey through Berlin’s museums. The bus fare is included into the price of your pass.

Long Night of Museums

Photo: Daniel Weber




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