After two epidemic seasons, the 18th edition of Museum Night will take place on Saturday, May 14, across the country. It will feature public exhibitions, interventions, artistic experiments, screenings, presentations, seminars, concerts, and interactive tours, all held in physical format.
In this year’s edition, over 170 museums and memorial houses, art galleries and gardens, cultural institutes and centers, residences, creative salons and studios, memory spaces, castles, palaces, cities, theaters, universities, cinemas, libraries, town halls, or experimental houses across the country will host Museum Night events for culture lovers, young and old.
The Night of Museums is one of Romania’s most well-known cultural brands, organized by the National Network of Museums in Romania (RNMR) and eagerly anticipated by the public each year.
Following the pandemic’s two online or hybrid editions, museums and cultural institutions will organize events accessible to the public on the second Saturday in May until late at night, in the tradition of European Museum Night. The event is currently set up in about 80 locations, including significant cultural hubs, cities, towns, and villages.
The Museum Night tour in Bucharest has included recommendations for over 50 welcoming museums and cultural institutions, all of which have been prepared with countless artistic, new, and interactive interventions. The access is free for every curious mind, and the hours you can enter are from 6 pm to 2 am (announced closing time representing the time of the entry of the last visitor).
Here are some of the museums in Bucharest that will be waiting for you on May 14th:
Western Old Art Museum Dumitru Furnica Minovici
This year, the 18th edition of the „Museum Night” event falls on the anniversary of the founding and building of Ing. Dumitru Furnica-house-museum. It was handed to the Romanian Academy in June 1945. 2022 celebrates the 125th anniversary of the founder’s birth (1897) and the 40th anniversary of his death (1982).
Under a suggestive title („Destiny”), the collector’s life will be highlighted, probably relatively little known to the general public, from the constitution of the collection to its entry into the cultural space of Bucharest. In addition to the permanent exhibition, impressive for its richness and historical, artistic, and documentary importance, it will focus on some particular, non-everyday elements, brought to the fore precisely to highlight the cultural destiny of the founder and his collection of pre-medieval art and post-medieval.
Țiriac Collection joins the galleries that open their doors to visitors for the second year during the Museum Night event, 2022 edition. Opened in November 2013, the Ţiriac Collection Gallery is the first personal collection to bring together impressive models of vehicles and motorcycles produced since 1899. Visitors can find over 30 famous car and motorcycle brands, such as Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls Royce, Cadillac, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Maserati, Ford, Chevrolet, Harley Davidson, and Indian Scout. At the same time, the Ţiriac Collection gallery provides the public with helpful information about the history of the brands and car models on display. Each of the 174 cars on display has a unique story. Behind the models in the gallery are fascinating stories of famous former owners.
The program for visitors would be from 6 pm to 2 am, and the access is complimentary.
Theatre Costumes Gallery – Doina LEVINTZA
You’ll find a range of old things in our gallery that tells incredible stories!
The gallery owns a range of old costumes with incredible stories. You visit the gallery from May 14 until 2.00 during Museum Night.
Doina Levintza’s Costumes in the Theater Costumes Gallery You can see the costumes from the following theater performances: „Richard III” by William Shakespeare, directed by Mihai Măniuțiu (1993); „Richard II” by William Shakespeare, directed by Mihai Măniuțiu (1998); „Portrait of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, directed by Dragoș Galgoțiu (2004); „Hunting Society” by Thomas Bernhard, directed by Dragoș Galgoțiu (2008); „The Epic of Gilgamesh,” directed by Drag (2015).
National Museum of Art of Romania
Three other museums in Bucharest, including the National Museum of Art of Romania, have exceptional Romanian and foreign art collections from the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist periods. These institutions are the Museum of Art Collections, the K.H. Zambaccian Museum, and the Theodor Pallady Museum, the latter of which is housed in one of Bucharest’s oldest houses.
The National Museum of Art hosts several activities with families (children and adults) during this year’s Museum Night event, including a court of honor and a unique workshop launched with advance notice. MNAR, in collaboration with One World Romania, will screen numerous documentary films in the Auditorium Hall this evening as part of the INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AND HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL.
The Little Paris Museum
The occurrence creates all of the necessary elements for a break from the present. It is, more precisely, an invitation to enter the bohemian environment of Bucharest during the interwar years. The museum allows visitors to see the interior of a bourgeois Bucharest home, which features a rare phenomenon: the fusion of French and Oriental-Ottoman styles. You may also enjoy the extensive collection, which includes over 1000 landmarks and depicts the fashion of the time and home routines. The ensemble faithfully reflects the atmosphere in cosmopolitan Bucharest between the two World Wars and the private lives of Bucharest residents at the time.
Many other museums in Bucharest are waiting to be visited, and the Night Museum is an opportunity hard to refuse, especially for curious minds. So don’t miss this opportunity and book your day on May 14 to visit the museums in Bucharest.
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