History and culture after dark: Night of Museums 2016

Krakow_Castle_at_night_with_full_moonOne of the most charming and attractive features of Krakow is its host of world-class museums and galleries. And for one night only each year, you can see many of them for free in a different light – or, rather, darkness. It’s the 13th annual Night of Museums! This year’s theme: “Discovering the Unknown.”

Over 50 museums, galleries, and exhibitions will be open to the public, many with special nighttime displays. Experience the medieval majesty of Wawel Royal Castle at dusk. Take a stroll through the uniquely illuminated Botanical Garden. Or sit for any of several unique conversations with curators, on topics such as Poland’s famed “winged” Hussar light cavalry soldiers (at the National Gallery) or fighting for the rights of asylum seekers through the NGO Halina Nieć Legal Aid Center (at the Ethnographic Museum). For those with children, many places will have special programs for kids as well.

As noted above, all the exhibits are free, though you can purchase a special commemorative coin for 1 zł.

You can browse the full list of places to visit here.

2 thoughts on “History and culture after dark: Night of Museums 2016

  • May 13, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    coming to town in a few weeks, will make sure to check it out

  • May 13, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Hey! I know this is very last minute, but do you know if the light show on the cathedral is still going on if there is rain (like tonight)!? Thank you!


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