32nd Long Night of Museums in Berlin. Click here to view the programme.
The upcoming Long Night of Museums comes under the banner of the Theme Year 2013 "Diversity Destroyed". With the National Socialist's take-over of power in January 1933, gradually everything that had been suggested by the street terror of the SA became legally enforced: The repression of those cultural, political and economic powers that did not correspond to the ideological precepts of the NSDAP. Alongside the destruction of Parliamentarism, there resulted the near total obliteration of cultural diversity - which was what Berlin had come to be known for, all over the world.
An unimaginably high number of artists, authors, composers and theatre folk, as well as doctors, solicitors and teachers, who had shaped the colourful cultural and urban life in the Berlin at the start of the 1930s, became the victims of exclusion and persecution as they did not fit in with the National Socialist's vision of "German Culture". Successful careers were violently ended and hopeful new talents could no longer evolve. In place of a vibrant, internationally influenced culture, came the 'Gleichschaltung' of various cultural activities. Those who were excluded, driven out or murdered were sought to be wrested from the collective memory and any trace of them permanently deleted.
Exactly eighty years later, now that we have long since won back our cultural diversity, and know to cherish its worth, we remember the cultural life of the outgoing 1920s. Many of the 80 participating museums and institutions look back at the many facets of this time, its personalities, its music, literature, art and science. Visitors can acquaint themselves with its rainbow culture, which was exterminated by the National Socialists. In this way, the importance of preserving the diversity reclaimed within culture, ought to be made clear.
7xjung, Die Ausstellung von "Gesicht zeigen!" | Abguss-Sammlung Antiker Plastik | Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg | Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz | Anne Frank Zentrum | Anti-Kriegs-Museum | Archenhold-Sternwarte | 1. Berliner DDR-Motorradmuseum | Berliner Planetarium und Sternwarte Wilhelm Foerster | Berliner Rathaus | Berliner U-Bahn-Museum |Berliner Unterwelten e.V. / Mutter-Kind-Bunker Fichtestraße || Berlinische Galerie, Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur | Bertelsmann AG, Unter den Linden | Bildungszentrum des Bundesbeauftragten für die Stasi-Unterlagen, Stasi. Die Ausstellung zur Staatssicherheit | Bröhan-Museum, Landesmuseum für Jugendstil, Art Deco und Funktionalismus | Café Sibylle | Centrum Judaicum | Classic Remise | Computerspiele Museum | DDR Museum | Deutscher Dom | Deutsches Blinden-Museum | Deutsches Historisches Museum | DIE MAUER – Das asisi Panorama zum geteilten Berlin | Dokumentationszentrum Topographie des Terrors | Forum Willy Brandt Berlin, Bundeskanzler-Willy-Brandt-Stiftung | Friedhof der Märzgefallenen, Projektbüro Friedhof der Märzgefallenen - Alte Feuerwache | Galerie Parterre, Kommunale Kunstsammlung, Bezirksamt Pankow von Berlin | Galerie son | Hanf Museum Berlin | Haus am Lützowplatz | Humboldt-Box Berlin | Jüdisches Museum | Jugend Museum im Schöneberg Museum, mit Gedenkstätte SA-Gefängnis Papestraße | Käthe Kollwitz Museum | KLAX-Kindergalerie | KPM Welt, Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin | Kreuzberg Museum, Bezirksmuseum Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg | Labyrinth Kindermuseum Berlin | LOXX am Alex – Miniatur Welten Berlin | MACHmit! Museum für Kinder | Martin-Gropius-Bau | Mauermuseum – Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie | Mendelssohn-Remise | Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, in der Villa Oppenheim | Museum der Unerhörten Dinge | Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Deutsche Kinemathek | Museum für Kommunikation Berlin | Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung | Museum The Kennedys | Musikinstrumenten-Museum, Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung, Preußischer Kulturbesitz | Puppentheater-Museum | Schloss Charlottenburg, Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg | Science Center Berlin, Otto Bock Health Care GmbH | St. Marienkirche | St. Matthäus-Kirche | Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Preußischer Kulturbesitz: Bode-Museum (Skulpturensammlung, Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Münzkabinett) , Pergamonmuseum (Vorderasiatisches Museum, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Antikensammlung), Altes Museum (Antikensammlung), Neues Museum, Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz (Gemäldegalerie, Kupferstichkabinett), Museum für Fotografie/Sammlung Helmut Newton | Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, Landesmuseum für Kultur und Geschichte Berlins: Märkisches Museum, Ephraim-Palais, Nikolaikirche, Knoblauchhaus | Theaterkahn Berlin | Tränenpalast, Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland | Werkbundarchiv, Museum der Dinge | Zille Museum | Zoo-Aquarium Berlin
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The Long Night of Museums
Ambitious events that can pay for themselves over time without subsidies, delight a loyal base of followers and enjoy extensive media coverage are rare; even rarer are those that, in the process, successfully intertwine high culture with events in an experience-oriented fashion. The Long Night of Museums in Berlin is such an event.
Over the course of thirty-one Long Nights, what originated as a small but wonderful idea has grown into a city wide, major event that has become a part of Berlin in the same way the Fernsehturm and Kudamm are and one that continues to amaze. Twice a year, nearly one hundred Berlin museums, collections, archives, memorial sites and exhibition halls open their doors until midnight. The landscape of museums, across an area of 400 km², shows its rich diversity during these unusual hours. Various shuttle bus routes connect the participating institutions. The Berlin Long Night continues to develop its magical appeal. The capital city, accustomed to world-class events, continues to throw itself into the fray of museums just as enthusiastically as its guests - the locals often outweigh them in numbers. More than 5 million visits from over a million tickets sold have been counted since 1997. The average ticket holder manages to visit five museums during the night. All ages can be found among the visitors, as well as passionate museum-goers, who take part in the Long Night with special delight as it is a good opportunity to visit new venues. Museum visits are generally made with company - only 1 in 10 visits are made alone - thus making the communal experience during the Long Night highly regarded by everyone. Moreover, the Long Night is a family event and museums are always striving to create new age-specific attractions for young people. Special programmes, guided tours and interactive workshops create a sense of adventure around visiting museums.
The Long Night of Museums – a joint event between Berlin museums and Kulturprojekte Berlin – takes place twice a year, always on the last Saturday of Winter and then once in August. Since 2006, the state—owned, not-for-profit organisation, Kulturprojekte Berlin, has been responsible for the overall coordination of the event, including press and PR management, marketing and advertising, as well as the organization of all the infrastructure and logistics, from the shuttle bus service to the visitor service.