In addition to opening their regular collections to the public, the museums have prepared dedicated events for the upcoming Night of the Museums, ranging from film screenings and theater performances to concerts and workshops for children. Several niche museums also joined this year’s event.
The Romanian Association for Education, Culture and Normality ARCEN has developed a program connecting the Central School, the Scena9 Residence, the French Institute and the Cărtureşti bookstore. This is part of the Disctrict40 project, aiming to connect the cultural and creative potential of several historical areas of the capital in order to reactivate them culturally, socially and economically. The targeted areas are the Icoanei – Ioanid neighborhood, the Dacia Blvd., the Rosetti Square, the Gemeni Square, and the Magheru Blvd.
At the Central School, the visitors can prepare to listen the piano and canto lessons once delivered here, and the voice of the king, announcing the beginning of the war and the transformation of the school into a hospital. The Museum of the Central School, established in 1977, will also be open for the event.
The Ion Mincu Architecture University will open several exhibition areas, including one dedicated to Romanian architects who have created patrimony works.
The George Enescu Museum will host several concerts and recitals, while the Geology Museum will present, among others, an exhibition that informs the public about earthquakes and what protection measures can be taken. The Pipera aerodrome, now the Romanian Aviation Museum, will host a theater performance, but also a pop-rock and folk concert.
The National Art Museum (MNAR) invites the public of all ages to discover how artists draw, paint or model their work, in addition to seeing the temporary exhibition dedicated to Moldovan painter Mihail Grecu, Romanian painter Ştefan Luchian or the World Press Photo exhibition.
The National Firemen Museum, hosted at Foişorul de Foc, is open to the public with a program of five plays by Matei Vişniec. The museum will enter a renovation process until 2021 so this is a good opportunity to see it.
The Bellu Cemetery will host a program dedicated to the 1918 Union Centennial. Visitors can discover the main military, political and cultural personalities who contributed to the 1918 Union and who are buried there.
A musical animation and documentary film screenings are in the program of the Romanian Peasant Museums, which is also offering a self-guided architectural tour focused on architect Henriette Delavrancea, one of the best-known women architects in Romania.
The Romanian Literature Museum has a program of events for children, with various reading and creativity workshops, while the National Archives of Romania will present an exhibition reflecting the life of Romanians during the time of the First World War.
The Ţiriac Collection gallery can also be visited during the Night of Museums. Over 30 well-known car and moto brands, such as Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls Royce, Cadillac, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Maserati, Ford, Chevrolet, Harley Davidson and Indian Scout, are on display at the gallery.
The Perfume Museum will showcase a collection of over 6,000 perfume items, accessories, and authentic Romanian perfume bottles from various historical periods. A highlight of the collection is the preferred cologne of King Carol I.
Elsewhere in the country, the Bran Castle will offer an interactive tour, available through the Questo app. The visitors will get to learn how the history of the place is connected to ruler Vlad Ţepeş (Vlad the Impaler) or to Queen Marie of Romania.
In Timișoara, a future European Capital of Culture in 2021, the Theresia Bastion at the Museum of Banat, will host a historical reenactment performance, showcasing fight techniques and weapons from the past, and a lights and fire show.
The full program of the 2018 Night of the Museums can be checked here.
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