Museum Night Dresden
What is the Museum Night?
The Museum Night is an event joining together several museums and institutions in one city or one location, extending the opening hours of the institutions into the night. In addition to the general exhibitions, a diverse program is often offered, which includes, for example, live performances, live bands, parties, tours, etc.
The reason for the merging to an action day is to lure visitors into the houses and also to attract a younger audience of visitors to the museums.
Since 1997 there are museum nights, which take place today in over 120 cities
The Museum Night Dresden
This Saturday, 50 museums, cultural institutions and galleries open their doors to visitors in Dresden at night. And the Museum Night in Dresden is celebrating its 20th birthday. Discover the unique diversity of collections, be amazed by the stories of art and science told in castles and palaces, factories and homes, studios and gardens. The new and redesigned attractions for this year’s Night are the Children’s Museum, the Avant-Garde Archive and the Tower Café in the Technical Collections.
Particularly noteworthy this year are the alabaster figurines by Michelangelo in the sculpture collection, which have not been seen for a long time. Modern art from Poland, the relationship of generations, the invention of racism, pets, fashion and photography are other exhibitions that you can visit at this night. A summery Blaulichtfest awaits you on the Neumarkt and in the end of the evening a big party will take place in the Lipsius building on the Brühlsche Terrasse until the morning hours.
At PROXIPEDIA – in addition to 1,350 other museums and cultural attractions – some museums and institutions from Dresden are already represented. Below, we present a small selection of the city plus any program information from the museums participating in the Museum Night.
Richard Wagner Stätten Graupa (Pirna)
The Richard Wagner Stätten Graupa consist of an ensemble of two houses: the Lohengrinhaus as the oldest Wagner museum in the world, and a modern permanent exhibition in the hunting lodge about the composer’s life and work. A multifaceted and multimedia-rich experience of the Wagnerian sounds – with a virtual orchestra pit and concert hall.
A family offer not only for children. In both parts of the museum, in the Lohengrinhaus and in the hunting lodge Graupa, one can be intoxicated by colorful sounds on this evening.
In the Lohengrinhaus
18.00 Dance to the sound
Dances to look and participate
18.00-23.00 Sound carousel to join in
How is a sound created? Why is the horn bent and the double bass so big? How do I paint a violin and blow a trumpet?
18.00-23.00 Sound workshop for colorful instruments
Make mini guitars and percussion instruments
18.00-23.00 Sound Worlds with Virtual Reality
Sitting in the orchestra with virtual reality glasses
In the hunting lodge Graupa
18.00-1.00 Sound experience during the free exhibition tour
Thanks to the virtual orchestra pit and the holography theater, you will experience sounds and stage transformations that would have inspired Richard Wagner as well.
19.30 Guided tour of the multimedia exhibition
Senckenberg Natural History Collections (Dresden)
The Japanese Palace in Dresden usually hosts changing special exhibitions. In addition, traditionally are the museum for Ethnology and the Senckenberg Natural History Collections at home. This time come two museums of a new kind.
Museum of Ethnology
18.00-1.00 News from the Damascus Room
After three years of work by a German-Syrian restoration team, the ceiling and three walls of the jewel from the historic old town of Damascus are finished. Free tour, space limited
18.00-23.00 Houses Tell Stories
From when did the decorated wood panelling come from Damascus? How did it get from Damascus to Dresden? And what are “„ağami patterns”? Live speakers are available for questions.
18.00-24.00 Sound World Damascus Room
The musician Jan Heinke brings the Damascus Room to life with his project “Chronononaut”.
Museum of Untold Stories
18.00-1.00 The museum of untold stories
The exhibition presents stories of the employees of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden about special, strange or personally important collection objects. Free tour
19.00-23.00 Stories live
Employees tell their stories in the “Museum of Untold Stories”.
20.00/22.00 Curator’s tour with Noura Dirani
Archive of the Avant-Garde
18.00-1.00 Archive of the Avant-Garde. Queuing allowed!
Egidio Marzona has collected paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, furniture, design objects, photos, manuscripts, records, films and more since the 1960s. His collection documents the art events of the 20th century. Free tour, limited capacity
19.00/21.00 Short guided tours in the Avantgarde Archive
with Rudolf Fischer, Marcelo Rezende and Lisa Marie Schrewe, maximum 20 participants, 2nd floor
Senckenberg Natural History Collections
18.00-1.00 Monsters and Myths
From time immemorial there have been stories about adventurous creatures such as sea snakes, giant squids, yeti or unicorns. What is really behind these myths? Free tour
18.00-22.00 Creative design for children
Bring monsters and unicorns to life
18.30/20.30 On the trail of the monster myth
Short guided tours through the exhibition, 20 minutes
19.00/21.00 Fairy tale caravan
Monika Auer and Ute Fisch tell fairy tales in the exhibition. Start in the foyer, 60 minutes
22.30/23.30 Extinct! Of pouch wolves and moa
Short guided tours through the exhibition, 20 minutes
Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr
The Military History Museum is one of the most important museums of history in Europe. The exhibition focuses on people and the question of the causes and consequences of war and violence. Different points of view and fates are reflected in the more than 10,000 exhibits in the exhibition, which form the most important building blocks of a cultural history of violence.
Gender, Sex and Uniform
A programme with exhibitions, special tours, late-night movies on “Violence and Sex” and a “consultation hour for uniform photos” on the military traces of our ancestors.
18.00-1.00 Violence and gender. special exhibit
Male War – Female Peace?
20.00 Special guided tour “Targeted Interventions”
The special exhibition conquers the outdoor area with humanoid bodies and rocket objects. Artists are present.
18.00-1.00 Cultural history of violence. permanent exposition
in the architecture of Daniel Libeskind, short guided tours through the exhibitions. Meeting point foyer on the ground floor
18.00-22.00 Photo consultation
The military dress code of our ancestor visitors are invited to bring old photos. Uniform and order expert Bernard Wenning deciphers what uniform and what kind of orders the great-grandfather wears.
23.00 Late Night Movie (from 16 years)
Pornography and the Holocaust, Israel 2008 documentary film about the “Stalag” pennies, which combined Nazi sexploitation in Israel in the 1960s and thus achieved large editions. Original, 63 minutes. With introduction
The Transport Museum on Neumarkt invites you on an eventful journey through the mobile world. On 5,000 square metres of exhibition space there are unique originals and impressive models to discover for all four modes of transport: rail, road, water, air. It is a place to discover, touch, get in and experiment for young and old.
The Blue Night
With blue light and siren, music and actions for the exhibition “Beloved.Used.Hated.”. the transport museum celebrates together with the Dresden fire brigade and police into the night.
17.30-20.00 Duck hunting – fishing fun
With patience and a little luck, tickets for the Museum Night and other great prizes can be fished out of the “Duck Pool”.
18.00-1.00 Blue light show
Vehicle show of the Dresden fire brigade and police at Neumarkt
18.00-1.00 The Johanneum turns blue
The Johanneum illuminated in blue
18.00-1.00 Safe Driving
Traffic reaction test with the ADAC
18.00-24.00 Sketch machine
Human drawing machine with faceplate and
20.00 Who would still get their driving licence today?
21.00/22.00 Moderated driving licence quiz with TÜV and DEKRA
Since 2006, Berlin artist Yadegar Asisi has been using the former Gasometer to exhibit his unique 360° panorama “DRESDEN IM BAROCK” (about June to December). With a height of 27 m and a circumference of over 100 m, the round pictures, staged with light and sound, show the local history compressed in an extraordinary work of art.
Journey through Dresden
In Yadegar Asisis 360° panorama you can dive into the baroque residence of August the Strong, Countess Cosel and Canaletto. All around, on the other hand, there is pure industrial culture.
18.00-1.00 Dresden in baroque style
Free tour of Yadegar Asisis 360° panorama
18.00-1.00 Who knows what?
Riddle tour through the baroque and the panorama
18.30 Flea trap, litter and orange trees
Family tour “Objects of the Baroque Period”, 60 minutes
19.30 Art on the industrial site
Guided tour of the Stadtwerke site, insight into the development of the panometer and introduction to the current panorama, 60 minutes
21.00 Between Truth and Illusion
From Canaletto to Asisi, guided tour, 60 minutes
Gedenkstätte Bautzner Straße
The Gedenkstätte Bautzner Straße commemorates the victims of the GDR Ministry for State Security (MfS) in Dresden. It is the only remand prison of the “Stasi” in the Free State still preserved in its original form and accessible to visitors. It informs about the causes, course and effects of political imprisonment in the GDR as well as the structures of the oppressive apparatus.
Da.Da.R. The art of resisting
Underground art emerged as a counter movement to the established and system-oriented GDR art. The improper, the inappropriate and the scandal were their inspiration and creative factor.
18.00 Artist posters. Interior Underground
Exhibition opening with music and reading, in cooperation with the Kunst der Lüge e. V.
19.00-22.00 Tracking for families
The puzzle hunt takes you to interesting places in the house. The right solution word is rewarded.
19.00/22.00 Guided tour of the memorial site
From the Soviet detention cellar from the time of the still young GDR, through the detention house to the festival hall and chief room of the state security.
19.30-0.30 Contemporary witness talks and short tours
Cellar prison and detention house. Last guided tour 24.00 hours.
20.00 The embassy refugees on their way from Prague to Hof. Exhibition in German and Czech
Konrad Felber, director of the Stasi document archive in Dresden, leads through the exhibition.
18.00-1.00 From application to “Stasi file”
How does the application process work? Applications can be submitted with a valid identity document.
18.00-1.00 Against the current. A piece of Leipzig literary history from 1968
Free tour of the exhibition
Schloss & Park Pillnitz
The former pleasure palace and later summer residence of the Saxon royal family was often the scene of many weddings and celebrations during the time of Augustus the Strong. Today the three Palais museums have moved into the castle park, which is the most beautiful recreation oasis in Dresden for Dresdeners and tourists from all over the world. The ensemble of architecture and garden art is located in front of the vineyards directly on the Elbe.
Make your own mess!
Frederick August III was the last king of Saxony. The special exhibition reports on the collapse of the monarchy in Saxony and the fate of the king and his castles.
18.00-1.00 In the castle museum
Free tour of the exhibitions
18.00/18.45 Power your filthy avenue!
19.45/20.45 Introduction to the special exhibition with castle director Sybille Gräfe
19.15 The king leaves, the music remains
20.15/21.15 Anecdotes and music, performed by Birgit Lehmann and Jazzlust classic
18.00-23.00 Small offer for the physical well-being
18.00-1.00 The castle park invites you
Admission to the MUSEUMSNACHT DRESDEN 2018 is free for holders.