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Record 77,000 visitors on Night of Museums and Galleries

The Night of Museums and Galleries, which was conducted nationwide for the first time this year, confirmed Slovaks´ interest in culture, the SITA newswire wrote. On Saturday, May 17, 85 museums and galleries opened their exhibitions to the public until late at night. The event, begun originally in France four years ago, lured people to 27 museums and galleries in Bratislava and 58 outside the capital. Fencers, falconers, castle ladies, dukes and duchesses - not to mention mummies and witches - prepared a range of events for adults and children, changing the face of the institutions.

The Night of Museums and Galleries, which was conducted nationwide for the first time this year, confirmed Slovaks´ interest in culture, the SITA newswire wrote. On Saturday, May 17, 85 museums and galleries opened their exhibitions to the public until late at night. The event, begun originally in France four years ago, lured people to 27 museums and galleries in Bratislava and 58 outside the capital. Fencers, falconers, castle ladies, dukes and duchesses - not to mention mummies and witches - prepared a range of events for adults and children, changing the face of the institutions.

The programme concluded with night-time guided tours and exhibitions with lecturers, experts, and curators. Lectures on exhibits, displays of restoration, professional consultancy, discussions, depository shows and other similar activities were among the most popular. Children were given the chance to try being natural scientists, archaeologists, historians - and even museum administrators. Thanks not only to the reduced admission fees, but also to theatre shows, concerts, historical fencing and movies, there was a record number of visitors. The museums and galleries involved registered a total of approximately 77,000 admissions. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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