Ladies and gentlemen,
Every year around the International Museum Day on 18th May, a specific spectacle takes place in numerous cities in Poland and throughout Europe, initiated modestly by museums exactly. In the beginning, it aimed to promote those institutions, alter the ambiance associated with museums as places where one walks around wearing house slippers and talks in a quiet voice. The Long Night of Museums has shown just how extraordinarily interesting collections owned by these institutions can be, and how originally they may be presented.
Others started to envy the success – not in terms of the turnout, but creativity and the ability to get across to the public with the seemingly difficult message behind the high culture. Due to being active in fields not associated with culture, state administration, courts, temples of various faiths, schools, services, and many, many more, wanted their share in this success. They used their chance superbly.
This is the Long Night of Museums cultivated by Warsaw for over a decade now. A modest event with participation of 11 museums evolved into an enormous, logistically developed happening encompassing Warsaw and its surroundings. Every institution participating in the project wants to present itself in an original, unique way. They encourage viewers-guests to come by preparing special exhibitions and presentations, on show for this one night only. They open their doors, despite remaining diligently guarded on a daily basis They think up programmes for children. And the experience is a really big thing for the youngest ones as well, because oftentimes they stay in the city with their parents until midnight.
This year’s, 16th, Long Night of Museums in Warsaw is looking very attractive. On Saturday, 18th May, 260 institutions will invite visitors. Long Night of Museums’ regulars need no special encouragement to participate in this extraordinary event. I hope that, as always, the audience – inhabitants of Warsaw and tourists alike – will also show up enthusiastically, and that emotions stirred by experienced attractions will stay in their memory for a long time to come.
Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw