The European Night of Museums, in Tuscany

In 1977, following the initiative of ICOM-International Council of Museums, a new phase for culture began: the International Museum Day was created, an event aiming to bring art and knowledge to the general public. Numerous museums joined the initiative: in 2013, 35 000 museums, in 143 different countries, for instance. This year's International Museum Day is scheduled to take place on May 18. And it does not end here, because the party will double with the European Night of Museums: the night before – on May 17- participating museums and foundations will extend their opening hours until late at night, allowing visitors to enjoy the artistic heritage as they wish. Many special events and performances have also been planned, in conjunction with museums all over Europe. Here are our Tuscan tips! AREZZO Casa Museo Ivan Bruschi Guided tours of the impressive permanent collection and of the new exhibition The Eternal Splendour. Gold in the Home of Ivan Bruschi, from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century, and a brief theatrical performance at the end, inspired by precious metals and gems.
[Photo Credits: Fondazione Bruschi]
[Photo Credits: Fondazione Bruschi]
FLORENCE Museum of Natural History of the University of Florence Special free openings of the museums of anthropology and ethnology, zoology (La Specola) and the crystals exhibition.   SIENA Evening openings of the Archaeological Museum "R. Bianchi Bandinelli" (Colle di Val d'Elsa) and the Civic Museum of Casole d'Elsa PISA Two events are scheduled at the Museum of Computation Tools: - "The night of the old video games": a Space Invaders tournament dedicated to a game that made history, guided tours of the museum rooms, guests and meetings on computers, games and what's around them. - A laboratory dedicated to the geometric and military compass made by Galileo Galilei. At the Piaggio Museum in Pontedera, MY-YSTERIA: an entire night dedicated to poetry, photography, dance and music. PISTOIA One night at Moca Contemporary Art Gallery in Montecatini: an initiative for the youngest ones, an actual "sleepover" in the museum! Children are invited to bring pillows and blankets in fact in order to rest surrounded by artworks. The next morning, after "creative" dreams, there’ll be breakfast for everyone!
[Photo Credits: Moca MOntecatini Contemporary Art]
[Photo Credits: Moca MOntecatini Contemporary Art]

Credits: Original article by Marta Mancini - “Diari Toscani” blog