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Museum Night tradition continues – participant numbers exceed 221,284

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA total of 204 locations with culturally historic heritage in Latvia opened their doors for visitors free of charge during the 14th Museum Night. In addition to 122 accredited museums, 82 other cultural and state institutions participated in the Museum Night event on 19 May, as reported by Culture Ministry’s public relations department lead Lita Kokale.

«221,284 visitors were registered in 122 museums in Riga, Pieriga and elsewhere in Latvia,» as reported by Culture Ministry’s Cultural Policy Department’s Museums Office manager Jānis Garjāns. «Participants of the Museum Night have become more demanding and more interested in the subjects museums show. We have noticed an increase in the interest for museum expositions and events organized by museum employees. This is especially true for museums in Riga,» he says.

Culture Ministry has found that the number of visitors during Museum Night keeps increasing. Kurzeme’s museums turned out the most visited this year – a total of 36,125 people visited them this year’s Museum Night (34.836 in 2017). Vidzeme’s museums saw a lot of visitors as well – 27,872 (36,270 in 2017 in 2017). The number of visitors in Vidzeme is lower when compared to 2017 because Cesis Museum had picked a new form of communication with visitors by organizing Latvian Folksongs Night. Pieriga’s museums enjoyed a large number of visitors as well – 22,135 visits in total. An increase of visitors was also noticed for Latgale’s museums, where 14,546 visits were registered, and Zemgale’s museums (14,651).

The list of the most popular museums in Latvia’s regions remains unchanged – they are the same museums that received the most attention in 2017. Liepaja Museum was the most popular one in Kurzeme region (9,500 visitors). Valmiera Museum was the most popular one in Vidzeme (9,369 visitors). Daugavpils Museum of Regional Studies and Art was the most popular one in Latgale (6,050 visitors). Jekabpils Museum of History was the most popular one in Zemgale (3,957 visitors).

Similar to previous years, the most expansive Museum Night offer was in the capital – 34 museums in Riga had participated in the annual event with 105,755 visits in total (121,975 in 2017). Riga Motor Museum remained in the lead with 17,139 visits during the event. Turaida Museum Reserve was second with 16,665 visitors.

«Museum Night is an international event that takes place simultaneously in all European countries. The Museum Night’s initiator is France’s Culture Ministry. Latvia has been part of it since 2015. The goal is promoting museums among residents who do not visit them at all,» says Kokale.


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