For one summer night every year, the museums of Barcelona and its environs open their doors to the public for free until dawn. Guided tours will be on offer at many of the venues, as well as a range of activities including concerts, poetry recitals, dance performances, workshops and food tastings.
The Long Night of Museums was launched in 1997 in Berlin and has since spread to more than 4,000 museums and 40 cities around the world, including Barcelona, where it is known as La Nit dels Museus. More than 80 museums and cultural centers participated last year, and seven different thematic routes were designed to lead visitors past some of the greatest cultural displays the city has to offer.
The event is organized by the Council of Europe and takes place the day after International Museum Day, an initiative to raise awareness on the importance museums to the development of society.