ZAGREB, 2 February, 2020 – The 15th Museum Night, a cultural event held across Croatia in which entry to museums and cultural institutions is free, attracted over 218,000 people on Friday, according to preliminary data.
The popular annual event was held at 250 museums, galleries and other cultural institutions in 110 cities across Croatia.
This year’s Museum Night slogan was “Museums celebrate birthdays, too” in honour of anniversaries being celebrated by a number of museums, including the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Archaeological Museum Split, which was founded 200 year ago, the Ethnographic Museum, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, the Museum of Contemporary Arts, which celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2019 and marked 10 years in a new building.
The biggest turn out was in the capital Zagreb with 83,000 visiting museums, galleries and various cultural institutions. Mimara Museum was the most visited museum in the capital with close to 9,000 visitors on the night.
Split Museum welcomed over 7,500 visitors on Friday night which was a record. More than 9,500 people visited the Rijeka – European Capital of Culture 2020 museum facility, Tportal writes.
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.