Europe and Europinia
In Paris it is called "Nuit blanche", in Copenhagen "Kulturnatten" and in Amsterdam "Museum N8" - this year several European capital cities celebrate this 'long night of culture'. The Museum night in Berlin began in January 1997 and by August 2003 it has already had 14 "Langen Nacht der Museen", as they are known in Berlin. The theme is "Europe" as that is also the current theme for the Berlin-Brandenburg cultural year.
The fourteenth 'Lange Nacht der Museen' commences on 30th August with a double premiere. The MACHmit! Museum for children in Prenzlauer Berg celebrates the opening of its new premises in the rebuilt Eliaskirche. From 15:00 until 18:00 a shuttle bus for children will drive to a dozen museums, in which the fairytale figure of Europinia searches for her sister Europa, who has been kidnapped! Note: Adults are more than welcome to accompany the children.
At 6 pm over 120 museums and institutions in Berlin will open their doors and exhibit a specially selected evening program until 2am: Directors, Authors and Artists offer on-site guides and talks, Musicians and DJ's change the rhythm in some museums. Installations allow artworks to shine in a new light. The visitors are invited, during their late night forays to experience the unfamiliar, to rediscover the known, to test themselves repeatedly, to savour culinary delights…
The list of Museums and institutions that are participating for the first time goes on besides the Pei-Bau of German Historical Museums, the documentary "Topography of Terror", the energy centre in Potsdamer Platz and northern embassies in German-Tiergarten, the museum for the Blind in Steglitz, the Museumsdorf Düppel in Zehlendorf and finally the Liebermann villa located in Wannsee.
The 'combination' ticket is priced at €12, reduced to €8 , children under 12 years have free entry and the ticket is valid for entrance to participating museums and exhibitions as well as the use of the Bus shuttle service and public transport in the tariff areas ABC. Altogether 6 of the 13 bus lines will start and finish in front of the Berlin guildhall (town hall). We recommend besides the regular museum busses Numbers 148 and 348 as well as U1 on the underground network, which travels to Dahlem-Dorf from Witternbergplatz in only 14 minutes.
The programme that accompanies the museum night shall be available in the Berlin museums and from MD Berlin at the beginning of August and at www.lange-nacht-der-museen.de (website is only available in German) you can find the archive of past events as well as current news.
You can find an English version of part of the programmes of the museum night in The EX BERLINER - The English-language paper for Berlin, www.xberliner.com.
For informations about the Long Night of Museums call the MD infoline,
Tel. 030-289 97 444.