“Museum Night” and “Night at the Museum” – an annual event dedicated to the International Museum Day on May 18, which is held in 42 countries in Europe.
In 2015, the event will take place on the night of 16 May 17 .
Back in the 1970s in Europe in May museum opens its doors for free entry, and when the visitors did not have time to explore the exhibition, extended time. Then this event called “Spring of Museums”.
In 1997, in Berlin (Germany) took the first official action, known in history as the “Long Night of Museums” (Lange Nacht der Museen). Administration of the city of Berlin has decided on this day to let visitors to the museums is free, and tours are offered throughout the night. The idea was a great success and next year the action was joined by 20 German cities.
The history of the museum night celebrations to mark the International Day of Museums in Europe started in 2001 in Paris and has gained popularity in all the major European capitals. In the future, for the action were to identify common themes. Museums of Europe organized exhibitions and fairs, theatrical performances, performances, masquerades and concerts.
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In 2005, the French put forward the idea of an annual holding an international museum and exhibition, cultural and educational event “Night of Museums” and the same year the idea was approved by the Council of Europe. In 2011, the patron of the European Night of Museums was the International Council of Museums (ICOM).
In Russia, the first night for the visitors opened its doors Krasnoyarsk Museum Center in 2002, in 2007 Moscow joined the action. Cultural and educational project “Night of Museums” has become a tradition and is held on the third weekend in May.
In 2014, an international cultural event only in Moscow was attended by over one and a half million Russians.
Protesters in the capital under the slogan “The Night of light and color” more than 250 most popular metropolitan and federal museums and galleries. Among the leaders in attendance traditionally turned museum-reserve “Kolomenskoye”, visited by 96,000 visitors, the museum-reserve “Tsarina” (55,000 visitors) and the Darwin Museum (about 16 thousand visitors). All cultural institutions were special programs: theatrical and musical performances, literary and theatrical evenings, workshops, performances and interactive projects.
A special interest of the citizens enjoyed the festival “Lunofilmov” under the open sky in the Kuznetsky Most Street in which viewers saw paintings by contemporary international artists, as well as the “Museum Night march” brought together 15 museums in the capital. Employees of these institutions put suits in accordance with the theme of the museum and walked along the streets of Moscow with copies of exhibits from their collections.
I remember the citizens projects “to read the monuments” and “Night Wanderers” (five platforms with musicians around the city making stops and performing for Muscovites different compositions). Historical Quests (games) from the non-governmental organization reenactors “mighty man” took place on the grounds of the park Art “Muzeon”, the Museum of Moscow’s Multimedia Art Museum, the State Museum of AS Pushkin, the Russian Museum of arts and crafts, galleries Alexander Shilov, Ilya Glazunov’s Gallery and the State Tretyakov Gallery.
In St. Petersburg “Night of Museums” brought together more than 96 museums, galleries, exhibition halls and libraries, and attended a rally 100 thousand people.
In 2014, joined the action Stroganov Palace “Russian Museum” Museum “Peterhof”, “Grand Palace” and others. The Museum-Preserve “Tsarskoye Selo” for the first time showed genuine samples court clothes that have recently joined the museum collection.
Torchlight procession the Knights of Malta and night theatrical tours were held in the Priory Palace Museum-Reserve “Gatchina”.
In 2015 “Night of Museums” will be attended by 62 federal museum and more than two thousand exhibition spaces. The action will take place in all regions of Russia, including the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.
In Moscow, in the framework of action will be to work late more than 250 cultural institutions – museums, galleries and art clusters. The stock symbol is selected owl, which calls for a museum to look at life in the evening, outside the traditional framework of culture and perception of time.
Traditionally, art will come to the streets. On the territory of three pedestrian areas of Moscow will be organized “Night Station” – mul’tizhanrovoy open space where the event will be held cultural and educational programs. The central theme of these events – the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War and the Year of Literature. In addition to the museums, galleries and art clusters to the public from 10.00 to open old mansions, the buildings of the ministries and other monuments, generally unavailable to public access.
Museums program “Night of Museums” in 2015 in St. Petersburg will be devoted to the theme “Memory”. Joined the project more than 10 new members: for the first time open their doors in the evening Ratna Chamber in Tsarskoye Selo and Mikhailovsky Castle Russian museum will take visitors Archive of St. Petersburg and Academic Capella.
The material is based on information RIA Novosti and open source