An exceptionally warm weather and the attractions laid on by the institutions made for one excellent Night of the Museums (20.05). The visitors crowded the streets and museums, enjoying concerts and exhibitions. Waiting in long queues did not discourage people.
And some were formed long before the official opening, near the Palace of Culture and Science, for instance. The information centre of the City of Warsaw provided people with tickets allowing access to the 30th storey of the Palace. Informational materials and public transport maps were also available. After 6 pm. the buses taking people to the museums started running, and people waited in very long queues to get on the “museum buses”, which including vintage buses.
Waiting in a long queue to enter the Royal Castle is a common occurrence. Last year, the castle was in the top five of the most visited venues.
The set piece built in Old Town Market Place was quite popular with the visitors. It was all part of the preparation for the opening of the Night of the Museums, which returned to Warsaw in a new format. On the Night of the Museums, only 100 lucky persons, who registered beforehand via the Castle’ Facebook page, had an opportunity chance to visit the Castle's museum.
The results of the renovation and the new permanent exhibit were truly impressive. The ways in which the collections were displayed and the narration accompanying them were innovative and original. We recommend them to everyone!
The biggest crowds could be seen on Krakowskie Przedmieście Street. And there were two main reasons for this - firstly, many facilities which participated in the Night of the Museums are located along it; secondly, taking a stroll along the beautifully decorated street was a pure pleasure. Cuban rhythms could be heard from the courtyard of the Ministry of Culture [and National Heritage], young women sporting 18th-Century gowns invited people to the Night with Mozart at the Warsaw Chamber Opera, soldiers displayed their uniforms and weapons in front of the the Warsaw Garrison Command. A large group of people listened to the story behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, while standing in the shadow under the arcades, close the the Eternal Flame, which burns there. Visitors formed queues in front of the City Hall to see the Mayor’s office. People also waited to see the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Museum, which has started admitting visitors after renovation.
The Zachęta National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Ethnography, the National Museum and the Museum of the Polish Army - all of these facilities were filled with visitors clutching brochures on the Night of the Museums prepared by the City of Warsaw. What else can we see? – that was the question on the lips of numerous visitors. And the choice was very wide, as 234 facilities and institutions admitted visitors on that special night of the year.