Museums at Night on May 18. The Best Openings and Events in Rome

Museums at Night on May 18. The Best Openings and Events in Rome

nottedeimusei2013Museums at Night, Night of Museums, there are different ways to label this yearly event that takes place on May 18 all over Europe.

As usual, we will focus on Rome, trying to highlight the most interesting openings and events of this long night of free culture. Most venues will be open from 8pm to 2am (last admission by 1am).

Here’s is the list of the sites and the events in Rome.



Palazzo Farnese is one of the most beautiful buildings of Rome. Designed by Michelangelo, this Florentine-style Renaissance palace currently hosts the French embassy. Guided tour from 8pm to 1am. No bags, backpacks allowed.

Rome’s oldest fencing school (and one of the oldest in the world), the Musumeci Greco Academy, will be extraordinarily open to the public. There will also be a show mixing elements of fencing, esoterism and theatre. From 9pm to midnight.

The Paolo Antonacci private gallery inaugurates a very unusual painting exhibition of 19th century’s Danish canvases (the so called Golden Age of Danish painting) from the collection of Gemma Hartmann. Until midnight.

Finally, something completely different that will please your kids. The Rome videogame museum Vigamus features an evening with events, music, surprises and games.



And here is a shortlist of the most promising concerts on the night of May 18.

A jazz reinterpretation of the most famous songs by the Beatles will be on stage at the Musei Capitolini. Concerts at 9:30pm, 11 and 12.

The Museum of the Terme di Diocleziano hosts a gospel concert by the Charlies Gospel Angels. At 8:45 and 10:15pm.

A good classical music performance should take place at the Dutch Culture Institute with music by Schubert: Die Winterreise. At 7:30pm and 8:45.

Finally some lyric music. The close-by Belgian Academy will celebrate the 90th anniversary of Maria Callas’ birth with a concert starring the Russian soprano Elena Martemianova.