(May 18 2009)
During the Night of Museums, half a million people visited museums and galleries in Serbia. The most popular cultural event was organized in the night between May 16 and 17 and was very successful once more. It offered the residents of 41 towns in Serbia eight hours of unforgettable adventure in museums, galleries and cultural centers. Visitors were able to enjoy over 400 different programs at over 190 locations. This year’s Night of Museums gathered 18 participating towns more than the last year. More than 300,000 people visited the museums in Belgrade, which is about the same as in the previous year, when the manifestation broke all the records. Visitors in Belgrade had a unique opportunity to enjoy exhibitions, performances and concerts in over 80 locations. The greatest number of visitors was recorded in the Military Museum in Belgrade and at the Beli Dvor (The White Palace) where it was presented a theme exhibition of the culinary traditions of the kings’ court.In the city of Novi Sad, in only eight hours a record number of 140,000 visitors attended this event. Sabac, the town which offered a rich program at 12 locations, was visited by 250,000 people, while people from Bor enjoyed concerts of the local rock bands. This year’s Night of Museums was held under the sponsorship of the Serbian Ministry of Culture and by the City Councils of the cities where the manifestation took place as part of the European Night of Museums. In this already traditional manifestation,, over 1900 museums, galleries and exhibitions in 40 countries opened for free their doors to visitors during the very same night .