Saturday, April 25, our ‘hoods become all lit up and abuzz with the wonder and mental stimulation of Museumsnacht. This means 86 museums, galleries and institutes in Leipzig and Halle will be open late, but not only that: Between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m., there will be special attractions at many of them, 321 events to be exact, according to my handy little program. It will be interesting to see what each location will do with this year’s theme, “Kopfino,” how they will interpret it. To go see it for yourself, all you have to pay is 8 euros full price, 6 euros for students and other reduced entry, and 4 euros for city pass holders. With this one ticket you can enter all the participating venues and use public transport from 4 p.m. until 3 a.m. You can get the ticket at any of the participating venues, or at the Leipzig and Halle Hauptbanhofs, the evening of Museumsnacht; or you can get them beforehand at some locations.
Check out the program yourself to see what you’d be interested in experiencing. There are just too many events to name here – live music, movies, talks, improv theater, kaleidoscope-building, etc. – and I don’t want to influence your Museumsnacht path based on a perfunctory glance at the attractions. I would like to actually spend some time reading the program this year and coming up with a route to maximize my time and enjoyment. When I participate in Museum or Kultur nights, which I have done in Copenhagen, Berlin and Leipzig before, I tend to not plan ahead and just follow people around and end up missing the most interesting stuff. Of course, it’s all a matter of taste, but perhaps this year I will mark spots on the map beforehand and impose my will a little bit.
I’d say plan ahead if you can, folks. Although you could always expect something from the special events’ headlines and descriptions you read and find something else, it’s at least worth a fair read and a try.