The eighth edition of the Night of the Museums gathered more than 100.000 visitors nationwide, despite the rainy weather from the evening of May 19, when the event took place. This year, the most visited museums in Bucharest were: The National Museum of Natural History “Grigore Antipa” (21.600 visitors), National Museum of Art of Romania(13.150 visitors) and National Museum of Romanian History (13.000).
At this year’s edition of the international event, 27 museums, art centers and cultural organizations inBucharestopened their gates for a night of free culture. Some of these museums have been taking part in the Night of the Museums for several years and this could be an explanation on the large number of visitors: Aviation National Museum (8.406 visitors), National Museum of Geology (approximately 5.000 visitors), “George Enescu” National Museum (10.078 visitors), National Museum of the Romanian Peasant (approximately 5.000 visitors).
A surprise for the organizers were the new entries museums – “Dumitru Furnică-Minovici“ Museum of Western Medieval Art, visited by 1.000 persons or National Museum of Firemen with more than 3.000 visitors.
The National Museum of Natural History “Grigore Antipa” had more than 21.600 visitors wanting to discover the museum’s freshly updated permanent exhibition. Faced with this unexpected flow of visitors, the museum decided to extend the visiting program announced officially by several hours in order to allow all visitors to enter.
Last year, 150.000 visitors attended the local version of this international event. The Night of the Museums was the nocturnal twin of the International Day of Museums organized on the 18th of May. In Romania, the National Network of Romanian Museums (RNMR) is the official partner of the international event. It coordinates and promotes the event and also supports it by consistently promoting activities organized by all the participating Romanian museums, through the national media and through the site www.noapteamuzeelor.ro.