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Museum Night to open doors throughout Croatia

The days are long and the nights are dark. We’re stark in the dead of winter. But in its midst comes a splash of color and a flash of life, with hundreds of thousands of visitors shuffling through mazes of colors, textures, history and wonder, feasting their souls on the fruits of Museum Night in Croatia.


An annual event, Museum Night is held the second-to-last Friday every January and this year falls on the 25th. In its 8th year, it is taking place in over 100 Croatian cities and towns, with over 200 museums, galleries and culture institutions taking part with free admission and special events. It kicks off at 6 p.m., its symbolic beginning being the opening of the first phase of the Vukovar City Museum’s permanent collection.


Recommended exhibitions include the Jasenovac Memorial Site’s “Remembering Andjela Heder,” with 22 pages of recipes written in 1944 while she was in the Stara Gradiska Concentration Camp, and Split’s Ivan Mestrovic Gallery’s “Mestrovic in Rodin: Croatian Expression,” prepared by the Ivan Mestrovic Museum in collaboration with the Musée Rodin and originally put on display in Paris as part of the festival “Croatie, la voici”. For a full list of locations and events in Croatian visit the Croatian Museum Association’s webpage.


There’s no better way to beat the winter blues than with a museum-hopping high. So toss off your blankets and water bottles and head straight for your coat and hat. It may be cold outside but you’ve got places to be. Doors are open until 1 a.m.


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