The first time I heard about the annual Museum Night in Leipzig and Halle, it made me think of the one in Amsterdam. While several local museums here have free-entry days each month, all major local museums are open all night, even after midnight, once a year. They offer special events and are accessible on a super-discounted pass for the occasion. So cool!
Although Leipzig and Halle take a slightly more modest approach than that of the Dutch capital, Museumsnacht here in Mitteldeutschland is definitely also an occasion not to be missed.
Some basics to get you started on your Museum Night trek:
When does it run?
Every May – in 2023, it’s on May 6th (a Saturday)
What’s in it for me?
This year, a total of 86 museums and other exhibition spaces in Leipzig and Halle are open all evening, from 6pm to midnight. They offer special exhibits, workshops, tours, and live entertainment for the occasion.
Your ticket includes all participating museums, plus transport (more info below).
Where do I find the coordinates?
The program on the Museumsnacht website is unfortunately not available in English, but it’s more or less self-explanatory.
TIP: If you mark the IN THE PROGRAM the museums or exhibitions you’d like to visit by hearting MERKEN, you can plan your whole route via MEINE MUSEUMSNACHT. I would also recommend accessing the map via ANFAHRT.
How much do I have to pay?
Tickets are €10 for adults, €8 for students and other discount brackets, and €5 for Leipzig Pass holders. Children and teens (up to age 18) enter for free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be bought at selected museums, at ticket stands in Leipzig and Halle, and at an information point on the Leipzig Markt. Click HERE for ticket presale information and HERE for information on sales the day of the event (scroll down to “INFO & SERVICE”).
NOTE: Your entrance ticket is valid for public transport (in all MDV city trains, trams and buses) within zones 110 (Leipzig) and 162, 163, 225, and 210 (Halle) from 4pm to 3am on Museum Night. In addition to that, special Museumsnacht buses will be available in Halle and Leipzig free of charge.
Museumsnacht event staff will be available to answer your questions all day on May 6th via a hotline: 0341 123 4233.
To keep up with cool events in the Leipzig area and post your own, check out our Events Calendar.
The original version of this story was published May 5th, 2017.
Bonus: Special local museum participating in Museumsnacht – Clown Museum, Reudnitz
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