The Night When Museums Come to Life

The Night When Museums Come to Life

Visit museums and galleries in a guise that you will never forget

This year, the Czech Republic is organising the latest edition of the Museum Night Festival, which will be taking place across the country from late May to early June. Museum Nights no longer involve only museums and galleries, but also towns, libraries, historical monuments, theatres and other cultural institutions working in collaboration with them. Pupils and students of art schools often participate in their programmes, while the events also include performances by theatre and music ensembles, craftsmen and artists. Museum Night is a feast of culture and learning.

Prague Museum Night is the largest museum festival

The unique event is traditionally one of the year’s most visited cultural events of all and provides the opportunity to explore the cultural riches of Prague in a very unique atmosphere. The event is attended by tens of thousands of people each year. On Saturday 9 June from 7 pm to 1 am, all visitors will have free access to virtually all museums and galleries. Traditional exhibitions, displays and cultural places of interest come alive with unusual events, making Museum Night an experience that you will not soon forget. And the organisers of Prague Museum Night have not forgotten about the youngest visitors, with a range of institutions preparing a fun-filled accompanying programme.
So, what can you look forward to? In keeping with tradition, this year institutions such as the National Gallery , the City of Prague Museum, the National Museum and the Jewish Museum in Prague close to the Old Town Square will all be opening their doors. There are several dozen museums and galleries located across the city. Be sure however, that you will only be able to visit a few of them. If you cannot make up your mind where to go first, you can download the official application available from app stores. With the app, your plan cannot go wrong. As is now customary, special free buses will take you between individual locations throughout the night and even the public city transport will be reinforced, with operating hours extended to make sure that you get to bed safe and sound.

Museum Night is a nationwide phenomenon

Prague is not the only place that opens doors to the world of discovery and culture. In fact, the festival is held in almost all major towns across the Czech Republic. Museums in Brno, for example, will be at the centre of attention in the night-time hours of 19 May. You can look forward to new sights and cultural centres taking part in Brno Museum Night. These will include the VIDA! Science Centre, the National Technical Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts, and of course the Moravian Gallery and Špilberk Castle. Museums and Galleries open their doors at the traditional time of 6 pm and welcome the last visitors shortly before midnight. Special tours, concerts, or creative workshops will be also prepared.
Even small towns will not be left behind. The opening of the festival will take place in East Bohemian city Hradec Králové on 18 May.  You can visit there the Modern Art Gallery, the Petrof Museum with an exceptional exhibition of special musical instruments, the Hydro power station called Hučák and recognised today as the Art Nouveau wonder of the Labe river, or the Czech Pharmaceutical Museum in the nearby baroque hospital Kuks.

Kutná Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will welcome visitors to its museums and galleries also on 18 May. You will be able to take in, for example, the Czech Museum of Silver, where you will be accompanied by guides in costume. In the courtyard, you will then see a medieval fire show and an authentic fair. And GASK, the Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region in the former Jesuit College adjacent to the Church of St. Barbara in the town centre, has once again prepared a range of dance and music performances.