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Night of Museums to take place across Croatia on 31 Jan

HDLU Zagreb (Photo: S Kastelan/Zagreb Tourist Board)

ZAGREB, 13 Zagreb 2020 – The 15th Night of Museums, a cultural event held across Croatia in which entry to museums and cultural institutions is free, will take place at the end of January.

The popular event will be held this year up and down the country on 31 January, with over 200 museums, galleries and other cultural institutions opening from 6 pm to 1 am in the morning with free admission. 

This year of the 15th Night of Museums is anniversaries, the Croatian Museum Society said on Monday. 

The annual event, which is traditionally held on the last Friday in January, tries to accomplish one of the basic strategic goals of the Croatian Museum Association which is to implement activities which deal with the perception of museums as heritage institutions, institutions of identity and important participants in the sustainable development of tourism.

Through activities organised during the Museum Night, visitors are encouraged to recognise museums as dynamic institutions which connect people with global information resources, ideas and creativity they are searching for, as well as institutions that make up the richness of human expression and cultural diversity available to all users on all types of media.

Furthermore, it encourages activities that develop curiosity as a motive for visiting museums, museums as institutions of knowledge, and also a space for fun and meaningful leisure activities.

(Photo: Night of Museums)

The first Long Night of Museums took place in Berlin in 1997. The concept has been very well received, and since then the number of participating institutions and exhibitions has risen dramatically, spreading to over 120 other cities throughout Europe, as well as elsewhere, in Argentina and the Philippines.

Night of Museums started in Zagreb in 2005 as a pilot project with 6 museums taking part. The night now attracts up to 300,000 visitors across the country. You can check out more about the event on the official website here.

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