On Saturday, 11 May, the time has come again. May, it's that time again: from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., more than 40 cultural institutions in Frankfurt, Offenbach and Eschborn invite you to the Night of the Museums 2019, where a (varied) rich art program is again on the agenda in the individual institutions. A wonderful spring night full of event highlights awaits visitors again this year. Of course, not only the big museums will be open. A young off-scene also invites visitors to get to know art of a special kind until the early morning. The extensive programme includes guided tours, performances, live music, film projections and readings. All this gives art the right setting and enables visitors to enjoy a multifaceted art experience in an extraordinary atmosphere. And best of all, you only need one ticket for all these great events, which can also be used to take advantage of the Night of the Museums shuttle service (buses, boat, historic tram, bicycles).
Cultural department head Ina Hartwig showed at the program presentation enthusiastic about what the individual institutions offer again this year: "The Night of the Museums has long been part of the cultural DNA of our city. This year, for the first time, visitors will be able to experience the new Old Town and thus the historical heart of Frankfurt through a diverse programme. I am delighted that night owls will be able to take a look at the Struwwelpeter Museum and visit the new Stoltze Museum even before the official opening," said Hartwig. "The hustle and bustle at the Night of the Museums, when it feels like the whole city is on its feet, but there's a relaxed atmosphere - you always get to see a completely different side of Frankfurt," adds the head of culture.
Exclusive insights in the new old town
A special highlight awaits visitors to the Night of Museums in the new old town. Here, the Struwwelpeter Museum will open at the end of August. But on this night, the museum director will grant interested parties exclusive advance glimpses of the new rooms and provide a preview of the newly designed exhibition about Heinrich Hoffmann's legendary picture book rebel. The Stoltze Museum will also be presenting itself for the first time in new premises, and next door the Imperial Palace franconofurd will be making traces from around 2000 years of the city's history tangible. In the Schirn Kunsthalle, the monumental sculptures by Bruno Gironcoli will be bid farewell with a grand closing party. In addition, the Kaisersaal, otherwise reserved for dignitaries, invites visitors to the Römer.
Unusual perspectives in the Allerheiligenviertel
Take buses or historic trams from the 1960s to the Allerheiligenviertel. This new hotspot of the off-scene presents young art and street art to danceable sounds: the Tor Art Space invites you to auditory and performative explorations and promises an imaginative spatial experience for all the senses. In the Yard, there is an experimental young exhibition program to discover outside and inside in an area temporarily used by the art and off-scene. Right next door, the Health Department opens its doors as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations and proves that the themes of health and art harmonize perfectly: While Badesalz veteran Henni Nachtsheim lightens the mood and discusses with former Chancellor Walter Kohl, among others, in a round of talks, Markus Egert, as Germany's leading researcher in the field of household hygiene, provides insight into the exciting world of microbiology.
Much to celebrate at this night
Even more anniversaries are being celebrated on the southern Museumsufer. Here, the German Museum of Architecture is dedicating a space-filling performance of music, colour, form and light to the founding of the Bauhaus 100 years ago. The DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum commemorates its founding 70 years ago with cinematic anecdotes, comedy and activities to join in and guess. Meanwhile, Ernst & Young celebrates its traditional charity auction at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in the company's 100th year.
The Liebieghaus celebrates the acquisition of precious ivory art from Reiner Winkler's largest private collection with the special exhibition "White Wedding". Away from the museum shore, Deutsche Börse in Eschborn is opening its photo collection exclusively to night owls for the first time to mark its 20th anniversary.
A journey through countries and worlds to the moon
.Visitors can embark on a journey to ancient Egypt at the Giersch Museum, where prehistoric rock paintings can be explored during a virtual tour; the current Titian show at the Städel takes visitors to the Venice of the Renaissance; and the fascinating national culture of the Himalayan state can be experienced for the first time at the Tibet House in Germany. The Experiminta Science Center offers insights into the world of video games in an entertaining science show with the Super Science Bros and experiments with Pocket Monsters, while the observatory commemorates the first moon landing 50 years ago with films and short lectures. Art meets science at the Senckenberg Museum with a performance by the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company under the direction of Jacopo Godani.
Musical highlights for every taste
Acoustic art also presents itself in a multifaceted way: With the polka sounds of "Thee Watzloves" it is lively at the House of City History in Offenbach, the nearby German Leather Museum takes you back to the golden 20s. In the Museum Judengasse in Frankfurt, jazz meets klezmer, and in the Haus am Dom, singer-songwriter Fee provides light-hearted moments. At the Zoo, the Peruvian sounds of "Palacio Latino" take you to the home of the penguins, while the poppy sounds of "So Green" at the Money Museum and the Police Orchestra at the Crime Museum invite visitors to sway along. If you want to turn night into day, dance at the Museum of Communication, Off Yard or in best Robert Johnson style at the MAK.
Tickets and Prices
The Night of the Museums ticket costs 14 euros (VVK and box office) and is available at all participating houses as well as AD-Ticket/reservix VVK outlets nationwide. It includes admission to all venues and is also a ticket for the nightly shuttle buses, the historic tram and the shuttle boat that runs between the Städel and the Eisernem Steg. There is also a bikesharing offer: from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call a Bike bikes can be used free of charge. Registration options, starting at 3 euros per year, as well as a station overview are available at http://www.callabike.de
The family ticket is available for 29 euros (VVK and box office); this is valid for two adults and own children/grandchildren under 18 years. There is also a reduced ticket for 9 euros (advance booking and box office; only valid together with photo proof) for children under 18, schoolchildren, students (except students of the university of the 3rd age U3L), federal volunteers, unemployed, severely disabled (with reduction of earning capacity from 50 GdB, more information: www.nacht-der-museen.de ) and Frankfurt Pass / Culture Pass holders. Admission is free for holders of the MuseumsuferCard. It is available at selected museums during the event and costs 95 euros per year.
For more information, visit http://www.nacht-der-museen.de