Night of Museums 2014: Our Picks in Rome & Surroundings on May 17

Night of Museums 2014: Our Picks in Rome & Surroundings on May 17

nottedeimusei2014A Europe-wide happening, Museums at Night will let you visit museum and sites under the moonlight, often accompanied by live music. Most for free, some with a discount.



SPORT/ARCHAEOLOGY. Beneath Piazza Navona. Domitian stadium. One of the world’s oldest sport facility, a track and field stadium in brick and stone, can now be visited at night with a guided tour. Paid admission. 8pm-12am.

ART. The exhibition “Alma Tadema and 19th century’s English painters” at Chiostro del Bramante will be extraordinarily open until midnight (last admission at 11pm) with a discounted admission fee.

PHOTOGRAPHY. Goethe House with VIPs photo exhibition. This is the only German public museum out of the country. It hosted Goethe for two years and will be open for free from 8pm to 2am. It is currently hosting a very interesting photo exhibit by Isolde Bauhm.

CINEMA. Extraordinary night opening of the Japanese Culture Institute for Museums Night. Their Okamoto movie will be screened for free as usual, but on Saturday night, at 8pm.



Italian folk music at the National Folk Museum. EUR hosts an interesting bunch of museums and this is our favorite at the moment (the other one, The Roman Civilization Museum, being now closed for renovation). You’ll see and learn a lot about deep Italy and its land, the culture and life of our ancestors. The concert starts at 8:30pm, seats on a first-come first-served basis. The Museum will be open and free from 8pm to 2am (last admission at 1am).

For Kids. Interactive jam session at the Rome Videogames Museum, Vigamus. No free entrance at this private museum, but only a heavily discounted ticket. Arcade games and Oculus Rift game environment. From 8pm to 2am.



If you fancy a night trip with some good wine from the Roman countryside, the initiatives at the Castelli town of Monteporzio Catone should be your target. For this special event the town opens its museum and the open air/extended wine museum with guided tours starting respectively at 9:30pm and 10:30pm. The night will end with a free tasting of Frascati docg wine.