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Maria Skłodowska-Curie and the Museum Night in Warsaw

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On Saturday, 14 May, the 8th edition of Museum Night will take place in Warsaw. Visitors will be offered the chance to see museums, art galleries, artistic studios, and cultural centres which have prepared their special programmes for the night. During this year's Museum Night visitors will also be offered the opportunity to meet Marie Skłodowska-Curie – a resident of Warsaw, a Noble Prize winner, and a citizen of Europe.

Everyone should find something to fit their tastes while perusing the programme prepared by 230 artistic institutions. Apart from exhibitions, the programme includes concerts, meetings with artists, spectacles, film screenings, workshops, night sightseeing walks, and many other attractions.

Many artistic enterprises revolving around the figure of the famous Nobel Prize winner and her connections with the city of Warsaw have been prepared for the occasion of the International Year of Chemistry and the Year of Maria Skłodowska-Curie.

Skłodowska-Curie is the best-known female scientist not only all over Europe but worldwide. Born in Warsaw, she studied in Paris where she later made her discovery of two new elements - polonium and radium. She is the only female scientist in history to have become a double Noble Prize winner. However, she was not only an unusual scientist. When the 1st World War broke out, she actively engaged herself in saving the lives of wounded soldiers. Having organised mobile X-ray machines, she made it possible for thousands of men to avoid amputation of their arms and legs.

Curie was deeply involved in expanding European scientific knowledge. In Paris and Warsaw, she opened innovative Radium Institutions, and became the first female professor to teach at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne).

Warsaw has decided to make Maria Skłodowska-Curie the symbol of this year's edition of Museum Night. Promotional posters of the event show... Maria Skłodowska-Curie yawning and reminding everyone that this special night is definitely worth losing sleep over.

The date of European Museum Night (14 May) falls on the 105th anniversary of an unprecedented event - Maria Skłodowska-Curie taking the chair of physics at the University of Paris (13 May 1906). By placing a ceremonial decoration with the dimensions 33 x 36.4m (more than 1200 sq.m.) on the east side of the Palace of Culture and Science, which is in the very heart of Warsaw, we wish to remind everyone that the 39-year-old and Warsaw-born Curie was the first woman in the history of the University of Paris to be awarded a chair.

The decoration will be placed between the 18th and 27th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science. Its top edge will reach the height of 110m, and its bottom edge around 75m. The steeplejacks will start installation works on the 32nd floor, which is around 135m above the level of Parade Square (Plac Defilad).

The net will be put up on Monday, 9 May. Therefore, we wish to invite all those who are interested in this most spectacular part of the works to take their place at special stands and take part in a press briefing at 3 p.m. The briefing will be participated in by Małgorzata Sobieszczak-Marciniak – Director of the Maria Skłodowska–Curie Museum of the Polish Chemical Society,  Adam Tecław – representing the company in charge of the works being carried out by the steeplejacks on the wall of the Palace of Culture and Science, and Andrzej Mańkowski – Deputy Director of the City Promotion Department.

Warsaw Museum Night starts on Saturday, 14 May, at 6 p.m. The programme and information concerning free-of-charge transportation are available on  www.um.warszawa.pl/nocmuzeow

Read more about the Year of Maria Skłodowska-Curie on  http://sklodowska.um.warszawa.pl/