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The essential of the night of museums in Rome

Rendez-vous on Saturday evening May 14 to stroll through the rooms of the Roman museums while the city sleeps, and discover masterpieces sublimated by the nocturnal environment and its lighting.

After two years of cancellation due to the pandemic, the Night of Roman Museums returns for a twelfth edition. The European Museum Night event, established in 2005, gives visitors the opportunity to stay late in museums by extending their opening hours. The municipal museums will thus remain open until 2 a.m. (last entry at 1 a.m.), with special tickets at the symbolic cost of 1 euro and free with the MIC card.
Many events will also take place in the museums to make the evening even more fascinating, between guided tours, concerts and shows.

Night opening of the municipal museums

Among the many municipal museums taking part in this event, the Ara Pacis museum, the Capitoline museums and even the Trajan’s Markets promise to be particularly impressive to visit at night.
The city’s museums will be animated by numerous events, the program of which will delight jazz lovers in particular. The impressive engine room of the Centrale Montemartini will indeed be the stage for the “Tango meets jazz” concert, while the Casino Nobile of the Villa Torlonia will host a trio composed of a pianist, a saxophonist and a singer who will perform an American jazz repertoire from the 1930s to 1950s. On the same evening, the history of soul music from the 1960s to the present day will be traced in the orangery of the Villa Borghese.
In another register, the Czech singer Amelie Siba, accompanied by her electric guitar, will enchant the halls of the Palazzo Braschi (the museum of Rome), and a quintet of Venezuelan musicians will animate the Salon of the Palazzo Nuovo of the Capitoline museums.
For those who would like a didactic break between two musical interludes, the Modern Art Gallery will organize guided tours of its exhibition on video art.

Contributions from other museums in Rome

Other museums in Rome join those of the city to open their doors to nocturnal visitors, including the Mattatoio, which hosts the exhibition of Clement Cogitore Notturni, corresponding perfectly to the Night of Museums event.
The MAXXI exhibitions, including the one on women in architecture and the “Tokyo revisited” photography exhibition, can also be (re)discovered at night for the price of one euro.
The Palazzo Merulana, hosting the Riscatti di città exhibition, will be the setting for a baroque music concert. In the same theme, the auditorium of the Parc de la Musique opens its museums to visitors, including in particular the museum of musical instruments of the Academy of Santa Cecilia.
Several universities also invite visitors to discover their buildings, in particular the Sapienza, of which 17 museums will be open to visitors on Saturday evening, including the museum of comparative anatomy, the herbarium museum, and the geography museum.

Opening of Roman academies and institutions

Several other institutions are participating in the event, including the Villa Médicis, where it will be possible to visit the Scribbles exhibition free of charge upon reservation. The Hungarian Academy located in Via Giulia will host a jazz concert, and the Casa Argentina a four-handed piano concert of the four seasons of Piazzolla.
The National Academy of San Luca offers guided tours of its gallery in Palazzo Carpegna, and takes the opportunity to inaugurate two new rooms, the “Gabinetto Riservato”, where visitors can admire works previously kept in the reserves. , and the “Sala Raffaello”, dedicated to the famous painter.
The Italian Institutions are also open: the Palazzo Montecitorio housing the Chamber of Deputies with a concert by Emiliano Toso, and the Palazzo Madama, seat of the Senate, for guided tours. For a nocturnal maritime voyage, the Palazzo Marina, headquarters of the Ministry of the Navy, can be discovered through guided tours and a concert by its brass band.

The full program is available online.


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