It all began in 1997 – the idea for the Long Night of Museums was born and became reality. From 6pm to 2am the museums, 70 or more, opened their doors for night-time explorers. This is not any typical day at the museums, but a very special cultural experience for all visitors. The museums offer a rich programme of events – here a museum director shows their favourite exhibits, there a workshop lets visitors into the secrets of drawing, somewhere else a band is playing under the paintings and sculptures, and others are feasting on delicacies between exhibitions. There are things to see, hear, experience all over – and it's hardly possible to get to everything that you've planned for the evening, especially when there are unexpected experiences everywhere to entice you off track. And there really is something for everyone – for young and old, seasoned museum-goers and party hoppers, groups and mavericks. At 6pm the comfortable shuttle buses roll up, ready to take you off on your museum route and set you down, often literally, at the door of your chosen museums.
In 2015 the MuseumSummer is taking place for the first time, concluded by the Long Night. On the last Saturday in August all the museums join together to invite you in, some of them to invite you out into their gardens, courtyards and roof terraces. So the question is not “to go or not to go?”, but “where to?”
The Long Night of Museums is a collaboration by the Berlin museums and Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH.