After a year’s hiatus caused by the pandemic, we are back, on 15th of May, with a celebration of culture – the Long Night of Museums. It will be already the 17th edition of the Night. This year, its course will be slightly different, adjusted to the conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are organising this year’s Long Night of Museums, first and foremost, with safety in mind, in full compliance with the effective sanitary requirements. At the same time, however, we have planned it in a way, which assures that the safety protocols do not influence the appeal of our offer. Let me add that this year, as many as 180 institutions will participate in the event – 17 of them for the first time ever!
We are offering three types of activities. The traditional formula – that is, sightseeing – will be available to the extent permitted by the sanitary restrictions in effect on the day of the event. At the time of this writing, the government allows museum activity in compliance with the rules of the sanitary regimen.
However, with the extraordinary situation in mind, this year we are also introducing a totally new mode, namely a walk with culture: events and exhibitions in the open air. Such happenings have been organised by as much as 80 institutions, which have planned for their activities to take place outdoors, outside their seats. Varsovians will be able to enjoy this form of interacting with art and culture in a safe way, while having a walk. We have prepared a map outlining two ideas for stroll routes incorporating the most interesting places in the centre of the city.
Finally, the third category: almost 100 online events planned for 15th of May. Maybe, this evening, some of you will choose a virtual visit to one of Warsaw’s museums over watching another episode of a series via a streaming service. I assure you that it is worthwhile!
We remembered to organise the traditional parade of historic buses and trams. After the parade, the historic vehicles will be available for viewing – buses at Defilad Sq., trams at Narutowicza Sq. Tours of the exhibits will take place in accordance with the effective sanitary regimen.
Let us have a good time during the Long Night of Museums, but let us do so while exercising caution and respecting the sanitary rules in effect.
The health and safety of us all is a paramount priority.
I look forward to seeing you!
Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw