Night at the museum... Italy style! (May 15 2010)

NotteMusei2010Saturday May 15, 2010 is "La notte dei musei" - Night at the museum. Just like in the movie of the same name, you can romp with dinosaurs (at Florence's paleonthology museum), admire fleshy Tintorettos (the Uffizi), or hang out in Roman ruins (Carmignano or Chiusi) until the wee hours. This is an Italy-wide initiative of the MiBAC (state museums) but others are also participating. Entry to museums is FREE for this event! Here's a few suggestions based on your artistic preferences:
  • If you like contemporary art, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence is your location of choice; the exhibit "as soon as possible" has just opened up and is lots of fun; upstairs De Chirico is modern (not contemporary) but by all means, GO! On the other hand if you're in Lucca, go to the Lucca Contemporary art museum. Neither are state museums so they're not free but they are open late.
  • If you like Science, go to any one of the Natural History museums (from wax anatomy at La Specola to feather masks at the ethno-anthropological museum).
  • And if you love the Renaissance, kick off the evening at San Marco and imagine what it would have been like for the friars after dark; then head over the Bargello, not only to admire famous sculptures, but also to see jewels and maiolica exchanged in past centuries.
Participating museums are open until 1 or 2am and there are other events going on too. In Tuscany these are as follows: State Museums:
TOSCANA                                                                      Province / City                                                                       Special opening hours
Museo Archeologico Statale "C. Clinio Mecenate" AREZZO AREZZO ore 20,00 – 2,00
Museo Statale d'Arte Medievale e Moderna AREZZO AREZZO ore 20,00-2,00
Galleria degli Uffizi e Corridoio Vasariano FIRENZE FIRENZE ore 19,00-1,00
Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze FIRENZE FIRENZE ore 19,00-1,00
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze FIRENZE FIRENZE 20,00-2,00
Museo della Casa Fiorentina Antica - Palazzo Davanzati FIRENZE FIRENZE ore 19,00-1,00
Museo di San Marco FIRENZE FIRENZE ore 19,00-1,00
Museo Nazionale del Bargello FIRENZE FIRENZE ore 19,00-1,00
Museo Nazionale delle Residenze Napoleoniche - "Villa di  San Martino" LIVORNO PORTOFERRAIO ore 20,00-2,00
Museo Nazionale delle Residenze Napoleoniche - "Palazzina dei Mulini" LIVORNO PORTOFERRAIO ore 20,00-2,00
Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi LUCCA LUCCA ore 20,00-2,00
Pinacoteca Nazionale e Museo di Palazzo Mansi LUCCA LUCCA ore 20,00-2,00
Certosa Monumentale PISA CALCI ore 20,00-2,00
Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Reale PISA PISA ore 20,00-2,00
Museo Nazionale di San Matteo PISA PISA ore 20,00-2,00
Museo di Casa Giusti PISTOIA MONSUMMANO TERME 19,00-1,00
Tomba di Montefortini - Area Archeologica di Artimino PRATO CARMIGNANO ore 20,00-2,00
Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano e Giardino PRATO POGGIO A CAIANO ore 19,00-1,00
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Chiusi SIENA CHIUSI ore 20,00 – 2,00
Pinacoteca Nazionale SIENA SIENA ore 20,00-2,00
Participating non-state museums and events on May 15th: The "Museo di Storia Naturale" (Run by the University of Florence) is open from 20-24. Entrance is free, guided tours every 1/2 hour.
  • Sezione di Antropologia ed Etnologia (via del Proconsolo, 12)
  • Sezione di Geologia e Paleontologia (via La Pira, 4)
  • Sezione di Mineralogia e Litologia (via La Pira, 4)
  • Sezione di Zoologia La Specola (via Romana, 17)
  • Villa Il Gioiello (Pian dei Giullari, 42)
All'improvviso Dante - 100 canti per firenze: 867 performers (citizens like you and me) perform Dante in the streets of Florence from 15:30 to 20. Palazzo Strozzi is open until 11pm and entrance is free - go see De Chirico! Lu.C.C.A. Contemporary is open until midnight, ticket costs 5 euros. The exhibits on now are State of Mind and Fiorella Pierobon.