European Night of Museums: After-dinner art

European Night of Museums: After-dinner art

Hundreds of museums to put on events and exhibits for free, to attract nocturnal art and history hounds
Hergé museum in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Hergé museum in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, where you can find a Tintin flea market.

Achluophiliacs with a cultural bent, there's a night of the year made specially for you.

The European Night of Museums on May 18 will see hundreds of museums across Europe offer after-hours visits.

Organized by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the European Night of Museums is in its eighth year and coincides with the International Day of Museums.

Many museums, mostly across Europe, will be putting on performances, events and installations specially for the event and for free to the public.

Mulhouse, France

Museum night originated in Mulhouse, home to the highest number of museums in France outside of Paris.

The city will be putting on a big show, hosting a 1920s-themed treasure hunt with 10 museums acting as the game board. Visitors will need to purchase a “passport” for €3 ($4) that will give them two different routes to follow to explore Mulhouse and its museums.

The treasure hunt takes place from 2p.m. to 12a.m. around Mulhouse. Passports are available from

Château de Fontainebleau, FranceChâteau de Fontainebleau, France, will be one of those taking art in the Nigh of Museums event.

Fontainebleau, France

Château de Fontainebleau, more readily recognized as the palace in Lana del Rey's “Born to Die” music video, will be putting on an outdoor bubble installation.

The bubbles will be accompanied by music and special lighting. The palace will be free to access from 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

Château de Fontainebleau, 77300 Fontainebleau, France;

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Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

The Hergé Museum is paying a tribute to comic classic, Tintin, with a Hergé and Tintin flea market and extended opening of the museum.

There will be books, toys, original artwork and figurines to buy at the flea market, which is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum itself will be open from 10 a.m.-11 p.m..

Musée Hergé, Rue du Labrador, 26 - B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve;

Riga, Latvia

The Krišjānis Barons Museum's usual focus is Latvian folk music but for museum night they are turning their eyes to a single color -- green.

There will be visits to green gardens, workshops on green living and green tea. And of course, there will be plenty of Latvian folk music. The events start from 6 p.m.

3 Krišjānis Barons Street, Riga, LV - 1050;

Ploieşti, Romania

Alongside the permanent exhibitions, Prahova County Art Museum in Ploieşti, Romania will have theater and music performances done in a “flash mob” style. The performances are in collaboration with local theater groups and schools.

Bulevardul Independenţei, nr. 1 – Ploieşti;


In the United Kingdom, museum night takes place from May 16-18, the details of which can be found on There's a focus on smaller museums and on venues offering sleepover events.

Geneva's museum night will also be early, taking place on May 11-12. Visitors will need a bracelet (CHF 10 ($10.70)) which gives them access to all the museum events and transport for Saturday May 11. Family events on Sunday May 12 are free for all.

A full schedule of events can be found at

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