The Night of Museums

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Entry Fee: Free

Start Date: 2015-05-15

End Date: 2015-05-15

Website: http://www.noc-muzeow.pl/

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One day each year, the staff at many of Krakow’s museums and cultural centres drink gallons of black coffee, give the cleaning staff a holiday and keep their doors open long into the night. This is Krakow’s Night of Museums (Noc Muzeow), a close cousin of the phenomenon that has swept the world’s cultural capitals in the last decade.

The Museum Nights idea started in Berlin in 1997 as a way of reuniting cultural institutions in the city long divided by the Cold War. Since that time, the idea has spread across the globe like a particularly virulent but enjoyable flu virus. Krakow joined the trend in 2004 and there are now a staggering 78 cities and towns in Poland that also hold similar events.

The idea is simple – all the city’s biggest and best museums welcome visitors, for free, from about 7pm until 1am. And the biggest and best museums in Krakow are easily among the biggest and best in Poland, not to mention Europe. Some particularly popular venues, such as the Underground Museum and Schindler Factory, need to be booked in advance, but are still free.

Krakow’s Night of Museums is usually held in May, when the weather is warm enough to enable extended wandering.

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