ORF Long Night of the Museums 2017
The 18th “Night at the Museums”
On Saturday, October 7, 2017, the “ORF Long Night of the Museums” will take place in Austria. In addition to numerous exhibitions, many special events are on the program from 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM. All participating institutions and events can – as is customary – be visited using only a single ticket. It’s a fixed date that I for one wouldn’t want to miss.
See more – my highlights from 2017
Whether small and quaint or big and famous – in Vienna alone, 129 cultural institutions are opening their gates to night owls enthusiastic about culture. Among them once again are new locations looking to be discovered.
Depending on your interest, time and how you feel, pretty much everyone has his or her own special highlights for a perfect night at the museum. My favorites this year are: the current exhibition “Vienna Calling – A History of Pop Music” at the Wien Museum at Karlsplatz – I’ve already seen it, but it’s definitely worth several visits; the countless audio stations alone invite you to immerse yourself in Viennese pop music of the past 60 years (an article on this exhibition will follow in October). I’m also planning to visit the Lower Belvedere, where Empress Maria Theresa’s connection to art is on display with the exhibition “Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!” A must-see for me this year is the Albertina, where several exhibitions (including “Raphael,” “Brueghel,” “Austrian Photography 1970 – 2000”) invite visitors to a broad range of enjoying art. Last but not least – a nostalgic journey with the “Lange-Nacht-Bim” (the “Long Night Tram”)… there’s always time for that.
Special art and cultural experiences for children
Once again, there are very special events for children at the ORF Long Night of the Museums: Over 60 museums in Vienna have come up with additional offers for children and will present art and culture children can take part in, in the form of workshops, children’s ateliers and much more. All museums offering special children’s programs are identifiable in the booklets by the “Kinderaktion” icon. All kids who attend at least three children’s programs can once again collect a stamp in their booklet – at the “Treffpunkt Museum” (Museum Meeting Point) at Maria-Theresien-Platz in Vienna, there is a small gift for three stamps available until midnight.
Tickets (at a regular price of 15.00 euros per person) are also valid this year for the shuttle buses that run between the participating locations. The tickets are simultaneously valid for public transportation from 5:30 PM on Saturday, October 7, 2017 until 1:30 AM on Sunday, October 8, 2017.
Discounted tickets (for 12.00 euros) are available to pre-college and college students, military conscripts, senior citizens and disabled persons. Children up to 12 years of age are admitted for free.
Advance tickets and booklets are available at all participating museums or on the day of the event at “Treffpunkt Museum.” Details and online ticket orders are available HERE.
TIP: If you’d like to take advantage of the ORF Long Night of the Museums for a weekend trip to Vienna, you’ll be in good hands at the centrally located Schick Hotels & Restaurants – and you can comfortably reach many cultural institutions on foot or via public transportation.
Data and image sources: © ORF / Lange Nacht der Museen, ORF-Design; Hans Leitner.