Art & culture after dark: What to see at Museum Night 2022 in Romania

Museum Night, one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year, returns this Saturday with a new edition. Museums, castles, cultural institutions and more have prepared something extra for this national event, offering visitors the chance to get their dose of art and culture after dark.

Now in its 18th edition, the Nuit des Musées is growing year after year. More than 170 museums, galleries, institutes and cultural centers, palaces and castles, theaters and even town halls joined the event scheduled for May 14. And they have prepared special programs for this Saturday, between exhibitions, artistic interventions, screenings, shows, workshops, concerts and interactive visits.

Night of Museums in Bucharest

This year’s Museum Night circuit includes more than 50 museums and cultural venues in the capital. Hours of operation vary from space to space, but most stay open until midnight and beyond.

Visitors will have the chance to see the collections of some of the biggest museums in the capital, such as the Romanian National Art Museum, the National Museum of Romanian Historythe Museum of Recent Art (MaRe), the Romanian Peasant Museum, the Cotroceni Museum, the National Museum of Natural History Grigore Antipa, the Bucharest City Museum – Sutu Palaceor the Cesianu-Racovita Palacebut also smaller but no less exciting places.

For example, Casa Experimentelor – Romanian Science Center awaits visitors to try dozens of experiments in optics and optical illusions, acoustics, electricity and magnetism, fluids, plasma and more. Opening hours: 7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Rare car enthusiasts can stop at Tiriac Collection Gallery, which brings together more than 30 well-known car and motorcycle brands, such as Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls Royce, Cadillac, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Maserati, Ford, Chevrolet, Harley Davidson and Indian Scout. Opening hours: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Then there is also the Perfume Museum, a unique private collection in Romania, which brings together more than 10,000 perfumery objects and accessories, original exhibits of global importance, but also authentic Romanian bottles from different eras. Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The famous Triumphal arch in the north of Bucharest will also remain open for the Night of Museums. It can be visited for free between 11:00 a.m. and midnight (the last person will enter the monument at 11:30 p.m.).

Art lovers can also enjoy a night visit to the artistic safari this Saturday. Held at the Dacia-Romania Palace in Bucharest’s Old Town, the event will feature exhibitions showcasing the work of Theodor Aman, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Irina Dragomir, Barbara Klemm, and more. The Night Tours experience includes a guided tour of exhibits, drinks, and live music. Tickets can be purchased online at the event site. The tour starts at 10:00 p.m.

the National Museum of Romanian Literature will keep its permanent exhibition open between 6:30 p.m. and midnight, while the Theodor Aman Museumthe George Severeanu Museumor Casa Filipescu-Cesianu can also be visited until midnight. During this time, the Admiral Vasile Urseanu Astronomical Observatory will keep its doors open until 02:00.

During this time, the Madrigal National Chamber Choir and the national Cantus Mundi program invite the public to visit their headquarters on the Mitropoliei hill. The nearly century-old building keeps its doors open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Live choral recitals by more than 200 children from the choirs of the national Cantus Mundi program will complete the visitor experience.

Families with children can also go to Comic opera for children (opening hours: 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.) or Tandarica Theater (from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.).

A map of the premises is available here.

Night of museums in other cities

Elsewhere in the country, more than 100 museums and cultural spaces will remain open on the night of May 14.

For example, the Union National Museum in Alba Iulia awaits visitors between 7:00 p.m. and midnight, while the Museum of Ethnography and Folk Art of Maramures County in Baia Mare will welcome participants between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. the evangelical church and the ASTRA National Museum Complex in Sibiu will also remain open for the Night of the Museums, as well as the Stirbey and Castles of Pelisor in the mountain resort of Sinaia.

The famous Bran Castle will offer free tours between 7 p.m. and midnight, while the Mogosoaia Palace near Bucharest can also be visited until midnight.

Other sites that joined the event include the Communism Memorabilia Museum in Brasov, the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania and the Art Museum in Cluj-Napoca, the Stationery Together – The village of trades in Comana, and the Roznovanu Palace and several museums National Museum Complex of Moldova in Iasi.

The complete program of the Night of Museums 2022 in Romania can be consulted here.

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Helen D. Jessen