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Museum Night ‘08
Photos Alevtina Kashitsina

While Museum Day has been observed in Russia for several decades, Museum Night, is, at only three years old, a newer tradition. From the evening of May 17 to the morning of May 18, more than 20 Moscow museums and galleries stayed open all night, providing free tickets and entertainment programs to those who opted to forego the dacha for the weekend. Some galleries unveiled new exhibits while others inaugurated whole new exhibition spaces. The Darwin Museum, for example, organized an open-air gallery on its roof, presenting a photo exhibition for parents while children were entertained by animators dressed as animals and space creatures. Large crowds at popular draws such as the Tretyakov’s Golden Fleece exhibit prompted the extension of museum hours beyond what was originally planned. The Pushkin Museum, whose Antea exhibit will close in June, kept its doors open to visitors until morning. And the number of people flocking to the Winzavod art complex unexpectedly caused a traffic jam on the Garden Ring. Art to the people!

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