On 20th May 2017, the European Night of Museums will celebrate its 13th year. Once more, the capitals museums compete for the attention of visitors. All members of the Burgundy family are eager to attend this anniversary event and have already had a look at the programme.
From Spring to Night
Before we delve into the contents of the programme, let’s take a moment to consider the origins of this popular event. Back in 1999 and, inspired by Berlin’s Night of Museums, the Ministry of Culture asked museums to open free for one Sunday in spring. The idea was to attract members of the public who may not have visited these places before. In 2005, still with the same perspective in mind, and hoping to attract a younger audience, it was proposed that the event take place at night. Night of the Museums was born, and museums in France and all over Europe open overnight on the same date each year.
But which to choose?
It must be said that pushing through the door of a museum after sunset is just as exciting as deciding which collections to see. Some museums organise theatrical events or offer narrated routes, concerts, games, workshops, and tastings. Even when you opt for a simple visit, the nocturnal atmosphere gives the moment of discovery a unique tone and timeless feel. The Burgundy family is undecided; Carl would happily spend the night at the Louvre, while Victoire is drawn to the Cité des Sciences. Louis wants to visit the Invader exhibition at the Musée en Herbe and Marie would have gone to the Vuitton Foundation, but now suggests taking advantage of the opportunity to discover new museums like the Barreau or the Prefecture de Police in Paris, which traces the history of the police and crime in general. Famous museum or not so famous, they want to enjoy a memorable night.
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