The fifth edition of Night of the Museums is taking place on 14 April, 2018, offering visitors the chance to explore 13 museums across Lebanon for free.
Photo: Beirut National Museum
Organized by the Ministry of Culture, the annual event hopes to encourage people to embrace the country’s rich heritage and explore its famous and lesser-known museums.
Participants include: Beirut National Museum, MIM Museum, Lebanese Prehistory Museum, Villa Audi, Sursock Museum, AUB Archaeological Museum, Banque Du Liban Museum, Cilicia Museum, Kilikia T’angaran Soap Museum, Debbane Palace, Armenian Genocide Orphans’ “Aram Bezikian” Museum, MACAM and the University of Balamand. They will be admitting visitors free of charge from 5-11 pm for the day.
Photo: Banque du Liban Museum
Free shuttle buses are available within Beirut and from the capital to Saida or Tripoli, with several different routes stopping at a few museums in their circuit. No booking is required for the inner-Beirut shuttles but necessary for the other routes.
Photo: MIM Museum
Some museums have created a special program for the night, with guided tours, talks or demonstrations planned for the evening.
In Saida, the Nejmeh parking lot will be filled with 150 scouts to greet visitors and guide them around the region. The old town and souk of Saida will be illuminated and some artisans and merchants will stay open late while visitors walk through the streets and discover the historical ruins of the city.
Cyclingcircle is also organizing a cycling tour on the museum night. The tour will be guided by professional guides and bicycles plus helmets will be provided.
For more information about the program, details of the bus routes and how to book them, visit the Facebook page.
Text: Maghie Ghali